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

  • 1640
    King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
  • 1809
    The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews.
  • 1811
    In the second day of fighting at the Peninsular War Battle of Fuentes de Onoro the French army, under Marshall Massena, drive in the Duke of Wellington’s overextended right flank, but French frontal assaults fail to take the town of Fuentes de Onoro and the Anglo-Portugese army holds the field at the end of the day.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 1936
    Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 1949
    The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
  • 1955
    West Germany gains full sovereignty.
  • 1980
    Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
  • 1981
    Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
  • 2006
    The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1883
    Agustín Barrios, Paraguayan guitarist and composer (d. 1944)
  • 1914
    Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
  • 1928
    Nora Denney, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    Douglas Marland, American television writer (d. 1993)
  • 1935
    Robert Rehme, American film producer
  • 1939
    Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
  • 1942
    István Bujtor, Hungarian actor (d. 2009)
  • 1951
    Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
  • 1981
    Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1983
    Henry Cavill, Jersey actor

Who died on May 5?

  • 984
    Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1219
    King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1931
    Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1947
    Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1997
    Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
  • 2000
    Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (b. 1940)
  • 2000
    Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher (b. 1918)
  • 2001
    Raymond Kessler, American midget wrestler
  • 2011
    Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

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