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 340th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 22, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 446,424 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 ‘trihectatetracontagon’ 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 69 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 2,906 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 5 Historical Events

  • 63 BC
    Cicero gave the fourth and final Catiline Orations.
  • 1484
    Pope Innocent VIII issues the Summis desiderantes, a papal bull that deputizes Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger as inquisitors to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany and leads to one of the most oppressive witch hunts in European history.
  • 1496
    King Manuel I of Portugal issues a decree of expulsion of “heretics” from the country.
  • 1590
    Niccolò Sfondrati becomes Pope Gregory XIV.
  • 1757
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Leuthen – Frederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.
  • 1831
    Former US President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
  • 1920
    Dimitrios Rallis forms a government in Greece.
  • 1934
    Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. Army Air Force begins attacking Germany’s secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.
  • 1993
    The mayor of Wien (Vienna), Helmut Zilk, is wounded by a letter bomb.

Who were born on December 5?

  • 1839
    George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)
  • 1890
    Fritz Lang, Austrian-born film director (d. 1976)
  • 1910
    Abraham Polonsky, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1945
    Serge Chapleau, French Canadian caricaturist
  • 1949
    John Altman, British film composer
  • 1958
    Dean Erickson, American actor
  • 1962
    Fred Rutten, Dutch footballer and football-manager
  • 1963
    Carrie Hamilton, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1972
    Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player

Who died on December 5?

  • 63 BC
    Publius Cornelius Lentulus (Sura), Roman statesman
  • 1870
    Alexandre Dumas, père, French writer (b. 1802)
  • 1891
    Emperor Pedro II of Brazil (b. 1825)
  • 1895
    Chief Gall, Sioux chief (b. 1840)
  • 1931
    Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
  • 1950
    Sri Aurobindo, Indian spiritual figure (b. 1872)
  • 1966
    Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (b. 1909)
  • 1989
    Sir John Pritchard, English conductor (b. 1921)
  • 1995
    Charles Evans, British mountaineer and surgeon (b. 1918)
  • 2005
    Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)

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