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 125th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 22, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 414,984 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 ‘hectaicosapentagon’ 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 290 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 1,596 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 5 Historical Events

  • 553
    The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
  • 1215
    Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.
  • 1809
    Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1905
    The trial in the Stratton Brothers case begins in London, England; it marks the first time that fingerprint evidence is used to gain a conviction for murder.
  • 1940
    World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London
  • 1945
    World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
  • 1991
    A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
  • 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?

  • 1830
    John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906)
  • 1911
    Andor Lilienthal, Hungarian chess grandmaster (d. 2010)
  • 1921
    Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1937
    Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1941
    Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    István Bujtor, Hungarian actor (d. 2009)
  • 1970
    Soheil Ayari, French racer
  • 1972
    Mikael Renberg, Swedish ice-hockey player
  • 1973
    Tina Yothers, American actress
  • 1978
    John Wilshere, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer

Who died on May 5?

  • 984
    Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1604
    Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533)
  • 1811
    Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)
  • 1896
    Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
  • 1947
    Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1965
    Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor (b. 1915)
  • 2002
    Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (b. 1904)
  • 2005
    Edgar Ponce, Mexican actor and dancer (b. 1974)
  • 2007
    Theodore Harold Maiman, American physicist, noted for making the first working laser (b. 1927)

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