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, 24,899,040 minutes 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

  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1865
    In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.
  • 1866
    Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 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.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 1972
    Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
  • 1981
    Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
  • 1991
    A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
  • 2006
    The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1887
    Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1972)
  • 1911
    Andor Lilienthal, Hungarian chess grandmaster (d. 2010)
  • 1914
    Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
  • 1919
    Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1928
    Nora Denney, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1939
    Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
  • 1956
    Robert Marien, Québécois actor, singer and songwriter
  • 1970
    Todd Newton, American TV-personality, two-time game-show host
  • 1972
    James Cracknell, British rower
  • 1981
    Danielle Fishel, American actress

Who died on May 5?

  • 1028
    King Alfonso V of Castile, León, and Galicia (b. 994)
  • 1426
    Ephraim of Nea Makri, Greek Orthodox saint (b. 1384)
  • 1672
    Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
  • 1833
    Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (b. 1777)
  • 1892
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 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
    George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, 12th president of Nigeria (b. 1951)

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