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

  • 553
    The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
  • 1762
    Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
  • 1789
    In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.
  • 1809
    Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
  • 1946
    The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • 1964
    The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
  • 1980
    Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
  • 1994
    The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1883
    Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
  • 1936
    Patrick Gowers, British composer
  • 1951
    Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
  • 1956
    Robert Marien, Québécois actor, singer and songwriter
  • 1958
    Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action
  • 1959
    Ian McCulloch, English singer (Echo & the Bunnymen)
  • 1959
    Johann Gajda, German footballer
  • 1963
    Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • 1980
    Hank Green, Musician, video blogger and founder of ecogeek.org
  • 1983
    Henry Cavill, Jersey actor

Who died on May 5?

  • 1604
    Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533)
  • 1671
    Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, English politician (b. 1602)
  • 1672
    Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
  • 1821
    Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1769)
  • 1833
    Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (b. 1777)
  • 1985
    Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • 2002
    Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (b. 1904)
  • 2007
    Theodore Harold Maiman, American physicist, noted for making the first working laser (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Giulietta Simionato, Italian mezzo-soprano (b. 1910)

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