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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, 24,373,440 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 ‘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

  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1835
    In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 1936
    Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 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?

  • 1747
    Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
  • 1834
    Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (d. 1873)
  • 1936
    Patrick Gowers, British composer
  • 1966
    Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
  • 1980
    DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player

Who died on May 5?

  • 1604
    Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (b. 1533)
  • 1766
    Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1859
    Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1997
    Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
  • 2011
    Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

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