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 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 22, 2022 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,651,708,800 seconds 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 262 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 3,422 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 5 Historical Events

  • 1640
    King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: Norwegian Campaign – Norwegian squads in Hegra Fortress and Vinjesvingen capitulate to the Nazis after all other Norwegian forces in southern Norway had laid down their arms.
  • 1944
    German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
  • 1980
    Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
  • 1981
    Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
  • 2006
    The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
  • 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?

  • 1883
    Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
  • 1889
    Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (d. 1973)
  • 1937
    Johnnie Taylor, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1955
    Melinda Culea, American actress
  • 1959
    Ian McCulloch, English singer (Echo & the Bunnymen)
  • 1963
    Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • 1972
    Brad Bombardir, Canadian ice-hockey player
  • 1980
    DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1987
    Jessie Cave, English actress

Who died on May 5?

  • 1194
    King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
  • 1855
    Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1859
    Peter Gustav Dirichlet, German mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1900
    Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
  • 2000
    Bill Musselman, American basketball head coach (b. 1940)
  • 2002
    Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs (b. 1904)
  • 2005
    Edgar Ponce, Mexican actor and dancer (b. 1974)
  • 2007
    Theodore Harold Maiman, American physicist, noted for making the first working laser (b. 1927)
  • 2010
    Giulietta Simionato, Italian mezzo-soprano (b. 1910)
  • 2011
    Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

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