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, 1,462,406,400 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 ‘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

  • 1260
    Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1789
    In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.
  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots’ Victory Day.
  • 1964
    The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
  • 2006
    The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
  • 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?

  • 1479
    Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
  • 1921
    Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1925
    Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
  • 1932
    Will Hutchins, American actor
  • 1934
    Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
  • 1937
    Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1944
    John Rhys-Davies, English-born Welsh actor
  • 1978
    Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
  • 1985
    Terrence Wheatley, American football player
  • 1988
    Jessica Dubroff, American pilot trainee (d. 1996)

Who died on May 5?

  • 1219
    King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1760
    Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English murderer (b. 1720)
  • 1808
    Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
  • 1892
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1896
    Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
  • 1941
    Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • 1995
    Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • 2002
    Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (b. 1904)
  • 2011
    Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

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