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
    Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 1860
    Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.
  • 1862
    Cinco de Mayo: troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
  • 1945
    World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
  • 1946
    The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • 1964
    The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
  • 1981
    Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
  • 1994
    The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
  • 2010
    Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1925
    Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
  • 1935
    Bernard Pivot, French journalist and television host
  • 1938
    Michael Murphy, American actor
  • 1948
    Bill Ward, British drummer
  • 1951
    Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
  • 1957
    Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
  • 1962
    Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
  • 1966
    Josh Weinstein, American writer
  • 1981
    Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1984
    Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist (Alexisonfire)

Who died on May 5?

  • 1194
    King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
  • 1900
    Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
  • 1942
    Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1947
    Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1981
    Bobby Sands, Irish activist (b. 1954)
  • 2001
    Raymond Kessler, American midget wrestler
  • 2002
    Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (b. 1904)
  • 2008
    Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2011
    Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)

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