What happened this day in history May 5

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 125th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 22, 2021 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 450,048 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 ‘hectaicosapentagon’ 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 272 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 3,057 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 5 Historical Events

  • 1811
    In the second day of fighting at the Peninsular War Battle of Fuentes de Onoro the French army, under Marshall Massena, drive in the Duke of Wellington’s overextended right flank, but French frontal assaults fail to take the town of Fuentes de Onoro and the Anglo-Portugese army holds the field at the end of the day.
  • 1862
    Cinco de Mayo: troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1905
    The trial in the Stratton Brothers case begins in London, England; it marks the first time that fingerprint evidence is used to gain a conviction for murder.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
  • 1944
    German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 1955
    West Germany gains full sovereignty.
  • 1981
    Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
  • 2010
    Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1834
    Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (d. 1873)
  • 1928
    Nora Denney, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1943
    Michael Palin, British writer, actor, and comedian
  • 1955
    Melinda Culea, American actress
  • 1958
    Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action
  • 1966
    Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
  • 1970
    Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
  • 1970
    LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Soheil Ayari, French racer
  • 1978
    John Wilshere, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer

Who died on May 5?

  • 200
    Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  • 1426
    Ephraim of Nea Makri, Greek Orthodox saint (b. 1384)
  • 1855
    Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1916
    John MacBride, Irish Nationalist and member of the Easter Rising (b. 1865)
  • 1945
    Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1988
    Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2000
    Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (b. 1940)
  • 2002
    Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • 2002
    Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (b. 1904)

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