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What are the important events that happened on May 5? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 5: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 5 is the 126th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 22, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,373,440 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosahexagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 268 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,231 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 5 Historical Events

  • 1809
    The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews.
  • 1920
    Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
  • 1944
    German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 2007
    All 114 aboard Kenya Airways Flight 507 die when the pilots lose control of the plane and it crashes in Douala, Cameroon.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1931
    Michel Regnier, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d. 1999)
  • 1936
    Patrick Gowers, British composer
  • 1942
    Tammy Wynette, American musician (d. 1998)
  • 1974
    Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1977
    Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress

Who died on May 5?

  • 200
    Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  • 1811
    Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)
  • 1931
    Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1945
    Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
  • 1999
    Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1920)

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