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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 22, 2015 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,430,784,000 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 279 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 865 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 5 Historical Events

  • 1260
    Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1762
    Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and 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.
  • 1941
    Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots’ Victory Day.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1926
    Ann B. Davis, American actress
  • 1935
    Douglas Marland, American television writer (d. 1993)
  • 1942
    Tammy Wynette, American musician (d. 1998)
  • 1957
    Richard E. Grant, British actor
  • 1959
    Brian Williams, American news anchor
  • 1962
    Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
  • 1967
    Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1973
    Tina Yothers, American actress
  • 1980
    Hank Green, Musician, video blogger and founder of ecogeek.org
  • 1989
    Larissa Wilson, English actress

Who died on May 5?

  • 984
    Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1219
    King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1604
    Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533)
  • 1821
    Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1769)
  • 1859
    Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1892
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1896
    Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
  • 1965
    Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor (b. 1915)
  • 2002
    George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2008
    Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)

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