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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

  • 1640
    King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
  • 1866
    Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1944
    German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
  • 1945
    World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
  • 1994
    The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1935
    Bernard Pivot, French journalist and television host
  • 1938
    Michael Murphy, American actor
  • 1955
    Melinda Culea, American actress
  • 1957
    Richard E. Grant, British actor
  • 1983
    Scott Ware, American football player

Who died on May 5?

  • 311
    Galerius, Roman Emperor
  • 1705
    Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1640)
  • 1959
    Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1878)
  • 1994
    Mario Quintana, Brazilian poet (b. 1906)
  • 1997
    Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)

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