What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on December 5? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 5: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 5 is the 339th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 22, 2022 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,836,640 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 ‘trihectatriacontaenneagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 48 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 3,636 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 5 Historical Events

  • 1932
    German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
  • 1936
    The Soviet Union adopts a new constitution and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic is established as a full Union Republic of the USSR.
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied troops occupy Ravenna.
  • 1955
    E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • 1958
    Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.

Who were born on December 5?

  • 1661
    Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, English statesman (d. 1724)
  • 1895
    Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician (d. 1969)
  • 1902
    Emeric Pressburger, Hungarian-British screenwriter, film director, and producer (d. 1988)
  • 1956
    Klaus Allofs, German footballer
  • 1975
    Ronnie O'Sullivan, English snooker player

Who died on December 5?

  • 63 BC
    Publius Cornelius Lentulus (Sura), Roman statesman
  • 1989
    Sir John Pritchard, English conductor (b. 1921)
  • 1995
    Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    George Paraskevaides, Greek-Cypriot businessman and philanthropist (b. 1916)

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