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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

  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1835
    In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
  • 1955
    West Germany gains full sovereignty.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1846
    Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)
  • 1887
    Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1972)
  • 1937
    Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1942
    István Bujtor, Hungarian actor (d. 2009)
  • 1956
    Robert Marien, Québécois actor, singer and songwriter

Who died on May 5?

  • 1525
    Frederick III of Saxony (b. 1463)
  • 1921
    Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1864)
  • 1931
    Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1941
    Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • 2005
    Elisabeth Fraser, American television, film, and stage actress (b. 1920)

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