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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, 406,224 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 ‘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

  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1886
    The Bay View Tragedy: A militia fires into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing seven.
  • 1920
    Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
  • 1980
    Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
  • 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?

  • 1546
    Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
  • 1935
    Robert Rehme, American film producer
  • 1937
    Delia Derbyshire, British electronic music composer (d. 2001)
  • 1961
    Hiroshi Hase, Japanese professional wrestler and politician
  • 1963
    Heidi Kozak, American actress

Who died on May 5?

  • 311
    Galerius, Roman Emperor
  • 2000
    Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (b. 1940)
  • 2005
    Elisabeth Fraser, American television, film, and stage actress (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2011
    Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

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