What happened this day in history December 5

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 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 22, 2019 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 437,640 hours 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 51 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 2,540 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 5 Historical Events

  • 1815
    Foundation of Maceió in Brazil.
  • 1876
    Brooklyn Theater Fire kills at least 278 people in Brooklyn, NY.
  • 1941
    World War II: Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. Army Air Force begins attacking Germany’s secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.
  • 1958
    The Preston bypass, the UK’s first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways.
  • 1979
    Sonia Johnson is formally excommunicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for her outspoken criticism of the church concerning the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
  • 1983
    Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.
  • 1993
    The mayor of Wien (Vienna), Helmut Zilk, is wounded by a letter bomb.
  • 2005
    The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • 2005
    The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Who were born on December 5?

  • 1547
    Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (d. 1625)
  • 1829
    Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French Canadian politician (d. 1908)
  • 1931
    Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (d. 2011)
  • 1944
    Loukas Sideras, Greek drummer (Aphrodite’s Child)
  • 1949
    Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist
  • 1969
    Morgan J. Freeman, American film director
  • 1971
    Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German politician
  • 1972
    Angela Shelton, American actress & writer
  • 1973
    Arik Benado, Israeli football player
  • 1976
    Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer

Who died on December 5?

  • 1355
    John III, Duke of Brabant (b. 1300)
  • 1663
    Severo Bonini, Italian composer (b. 1582)
  • 1963
    Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer (b. 1905)
  • 1965
    Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
  • 1989
    Sir John Pritchard, English conductor (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    Princess Vimolchatra of Thailand (b. 1921)
  • 2011
    Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)

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