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 126th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 22, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,581,120 minutes 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 ‘hectaicosahexagon’ day.

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 269 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 4,153 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.
  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
  • 1866
    Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 1944
    German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 1980
    Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
  • 2007
    All 114 aboard Kenya Airways Flight 507 die when the pilots lose control of the plane and it crashes in Douala, Cameroon.

Who were born on May 5?

  • 1908
    Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
  • 1919
    Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1923
    Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1934
    Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
  • 1940
    Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American film director
  • 1972
    Žigmund Pálffy, Slovak ice-hockey player
  • 1972
    Brad Bombardir, Canadian ice-hockey player
  • 1977
    Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress
  • 1979
    Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
  • 1981
    Chris Duncan, American baseball player

Who died on May 5?

  • 1028
    King Alfonso V of Castile, León, and Galicia (b. 994)
  • 1705
    Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1640)
  • 1833
    Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (b. 1777)
  • 1942
    Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1995
    Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player, grandmaster and world champion (b. 1911)
  • 1997
    Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
  • 2002
    George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2002
    Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • 2004
    Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1959)
  • 2005
    Edgar Ponce, Mexican actor and dancer (b. 1974)

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