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

  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1762
    Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
  • 1809
    The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews.
  • 1835
    In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 1862
    Cinco de Mayo: troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • 1944
    German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 1961
    The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
  • 1972
    Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1546
    Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
  • 1747
    Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
  • 1939
    Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
  • 1940
    Lance Henriksen, American actor and painter
  • 1959
    Johann Gajda, German footballer
  • 1970
    Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
  • 1973
    Tina Yothers, American actress
  • 1982
    Randall Gay, American football player
  • 1983
    Scott Ware, American football player
  • 1991
    Xenofon Fetsis, Greek footballer

Who died on May 5?

  • 200
    Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  • 1194
    King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
  • 1525
    Frederick III of Saxony (b. 1463)
  • 1811
    Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)
  • 1833
    Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (b. 1777)
  • 1962
    Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1985
    Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • 2002
    George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2011
    Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)

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