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, 24,899,040 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 ‘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

  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1762
    Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
  • 1809
    Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 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.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1546
    Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
  • 1800
    Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)
  • 1866
    Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
  • 1919
    Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1940
    Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American film director
  • 1942
    Tammy Wynette, American musician (d. 1998)
  • 1959
    Brian Williams, American news anchor
  • 1966
    Josh Weinstein, American writer
  • 1988
    Brooke Hogan, American singer and television personality
  • 1991
    Xenofon Fetsis, Greek footballer

Who died on May 5?

  • 200
    Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  • 1219
    King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1309
    King Charles II of Naples (b. 1254)
  • 1705
    Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1640)
  • 1833
    Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (b. 1777)
  • 1942
    Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1995
    Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (b. 1911)
  • 1997
    Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher (b. 1918)

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