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, 1,493,942,400 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 ‘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

  • 1215
    Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.
  • 1260
    Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1809
    The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews.
  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1866
    Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
  • 1994
    American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. However, significant numbers of Americans were also in favor of it.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1800
    Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)
  • 1818
    Karl Marx, German political philosopher (d. 1883)
  • 1869
    Hans Pfitzner, German composer (d. 1949)
  • 1890
    Christopher Morley, American writer (d. 1957)
  • 1931
    Michel Regnier, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d. 1999)
  • 1961
    Hiroshi Hase, Japanese professional wrestler and politician
  • 1963
    Heidi Kozak, American actress
  • 1964
    John Lee, Korean-born American football player
  • 1981
    Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1982
    Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater-canoeist

Who died on May 5?

  • 984
    Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1525
    Frederick III of Saxony (b. 1463)
  • 1671
    Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, English politician (b. 1602)
  • 1808
    Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
  • 1942
    Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1977
    Ludwig Erhard, German politician (CDU) and Chancellor of Germany from 1963 until 1966 (b. 1897)
  • 1985
    Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • 1995
    Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (b. 1911)
  • 2001
    Raymond Kessler, American midget wrestler
  • 2002
    Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)

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