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

  • 1789
    In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.
  • 1811
    In the second day of fighting at the Peninsular War Battle of Fuentes de Onoro the French army, under Marshall Massena, drive in the Duke of Wellington’s overextended right flank, but French frontal assaults fail to take the town of Fuentes de Onoro and the Anglo-Portugese army holds the field at the end of the day.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 1941
    Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots’ Victory Day.
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 1961
    The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1546
    Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
  • 1832
    H.H. Bancroft, American historian and publisher (d. 1918)
  • 1927
    Pat Carroll, American actress
  • 1931
    Michel Regnier, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d. 1999)
  • 1967
    Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1970
    LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Todd Newton, American TV-personality, two-time game-show host
  • 1972
    Devin Townsend, Canadian musician (Strapping Young Lad)
  • 1981
    Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1999
    Nathan Chen, American figure skater

Who died on May 5?

  • 1827
    Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
  • 1859
    Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1892
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1896
    Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
  • 1945
    Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
  • 1995
    Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (b. 1911)
  • 2000
    Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (b. 1940)
  • 2000
    Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Edgar Ponce, Mexican actor and dancer (b. 1974)
  • 2010
    Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, 12th president of Nigeria (b. 1951)

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