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, 1,493,942,400 seconds 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

  • 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.
  • 1835
    In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 1891
    The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
  • 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 Campaign – Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to the Nazis after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.
  • 1955
    West Germany gains full sovereignty.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
  • 1994
    The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
  • 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?

  • 1889
    Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (d. 1973)
  • 1919
    Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1925
    Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
  • 1939
    Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
  • 1944
    Roger Rees, Welsh-American actor
  • 1962
    Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
  • 1963
    Heidi Kozak, American actress
  • 1964
    John Lee, Korean-born American football player
  • 1983
    Scott Ware, American football player
  • 1985
    Terrence Wheatley, American football player

Who died on May 5?

  • 311
    Galerius, Roman Emperor
  • 1426
    Ephraim of Nea Makri, Greek Orthodox saint (b. 1384)
  • 1586
    Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
  • 1892
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1945
    Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
  • 1947
    Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 2001
    Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Sam Bockarie, RUF Rebel commander (b. 1964)
  • 2010
    Giulietta Simionato, Italian mezzo-soprano (b. 1910)
  • 2010
    Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, 12th president of Nigeria (b. 1951)

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