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, 24,373,440 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 ‘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.
  • 1789
    In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.
  • 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.
  • 1904
    Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
  • 1944
    German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
  • 1949
    The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
  • 1972
    Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1914
    Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
  • 1919
    Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1926
    Ann B. Davis, American actress
  • 1936
    Patrick Gowers, British composer
  • 1941
    Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1963
    James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater)
  • 1973
    Tina Yothers, American actress
  • 1980
    DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1982
    Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater-canoeist

Who died on May 5?

  • 1586
    Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
  • 1766
    Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1827
    Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
  • 1855
    Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1947
    Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1985
    Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • 1995
    Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (b. 1911)
  • 2000
    Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Theodore Harold Maiman, American physicist, noted for making the first working laser (b. 1927)
  • 2011
    Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)

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