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
Foundation of Maceió in Brazil.
Brooklyn Theater Fire kills at least 278 people in Brooklyn, NY.
World War II: Great Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.
World War II: U.S. Army Air Force begins attacking Germany’s secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.
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.
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.
Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.
The mayor of Wien (Vienna), Helmut Zilk, is wounded by a letter bomb.
The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Who were born on December 5?
Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (d. 1625)
Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French Canadian politician (d. 1908)
Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (d. 2011)
Loukas Sideras, Greek drummer (Aphrodite’s Child)
Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist
Morgan J. Freeman, American film director
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German politician
Angela Shelton, American actress & writer
Arik Benado, Israeli football player
Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer
Who died on December 5?
John III, Duke of Brabant (b. 1300)
Severo Bonini, Italian composer (b. 1582)
Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer (b. 1905)
Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
Sir John Pritchard, English conductor (b. 1921)
David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician (b. 1928)
Princess Vimolchatra of Thailand (b. 1921)
Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
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