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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1941
    Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots’ Victory Day.
  • 1945
    World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
  • 2010
    Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1909
    Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet (d. 1944)
  • 1919
    Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1926
    Ann B. Davis, American actress
  • 1938
    Michael Murphy, American actor
  • 1942
    Marc Alaimo, American actor
  • 1954
    Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator
  • 1972
    Žigmund Pálffy, Slovak ice-hockey player
  • 1978
    John Wilshere, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1979
    Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
  • 1988
    Adele, English singer

Who died on May 5?

  • 1426
    Ephraim of Nea Makri, Greek Orthodox saint (b. 1384)
  • 1604
    Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533)
  • 1808
    Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
  • 1855
    Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1992
    Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer (b. 1927)
  • 2002
    Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (b. 1904)
  • 2005
    Edgar Ponce, Mexican actor and dancer (b. 1974)
  • 2005
    Elisabeth Fraser, American television, film, and stage actress (b. 1920)
  • 2010
    Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, 12th president of Nigeria (b. 1951)

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