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, 406,224 hours 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

  • 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.
  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 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.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 1940
    World War II: Norwegian Campaign – Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to the Nazis after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.
  • 1940
    World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London
  • 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.
  • 1955
    West Germany gains full sovereignty.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1813
    Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (d. 1855)
  • 1834
    Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (d. 1873)
  • 1864
    Nellie Bly, American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
  • 1890
    Christopher Morley, American writer (d. 1957)
  • 1944
    Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1954
    Dave Spector, American television personality and commentator
  • 1963
    Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • 1965
    Glenn Seton, Australian racing driver
  • 1966
    Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
  • 1981
    Craig David, English singer

Who died on May 5?

  • 1219
    King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1766
    Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1821
    Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1769)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1965
    Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor (b. 1915)
  • 1971
    Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • 1992
    Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer (b. 1927)
  • 2001
    Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher (b. 1918)
  • 2002
    Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • 2004
    Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1959)

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