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

December 5: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 5 is the 340th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

When this day started, 411,360 hours 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 ‘trihectatetracontagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 54 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 1,445 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 5 Historical Events

  • 663
    Fourth Council of Toledo takes place.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  • 1766
    In London, James Christie holds his first sale.
  • 1831
    Former US President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
  • 1848
    California Gold Rush: In a message before the U.S. Congress, US President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.

Who were born on December 5?

  • 1377
    Jianwen Emperor of China (d. 1402)
  • 1897
    Gershom Scholem, German-born Israeli Jewish philosopher and historian (d. 1982)
  • 1932
    Sheldon Lee Glashow, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1936
    James Lee Burke, American writer
  • 1968
    Margaret Cho, American comedian and actress

Who died on December 5?

  • 1895
    Chief Gall, Sioux chief (b. 1840)
  • 1951
    Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (b. 1889)
  • 1989
    Sir John Pritchard, English conductor (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Frits Philips, Dutch businessman (b. 1905)

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