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

  • 1640
    King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
  • 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.
  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1860
    Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand to conquer the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and giving birth to the Kingdom of Italy.
  • 1862
    Cinco de Mayo: troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
  • 1920
    Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 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.
  • 1994
    The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1869
    Hans Pfitzner, German composer (d. 1949)
  • 1943
    Michael Palin, British writer, actor, and comedian
  • 1944
    Roger Rees, Welsh-American actor
  • 1952
    Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005)
  • 1970
    LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player
  • 1971
    Harold Miner, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer
  • 1982
    Randall Gay, American football player
  • 1983
    Scott Ware, American football player
  • 1999
    Nathan Chen, American figure skater

Who died on May 5?

  • 200
    Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  • 311
    Galerius, Roman Emperor
  • 984
    Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1028
    King Alfonso V of Castile, León, and Galicia (b. 994)
  • 1309
    King Charles II of Naples (b. 1254)
  • 1827
    Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
  • 1892
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1931
    Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 2011
    Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

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