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
The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
The Bay View Tragedy: A militia fires into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing seven.
Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
American teenager Michael P. Fay is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. However, significant numbers of Americans were also in favor of it.
Who were born on May 5?
Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
Robert Rehme, American film producer
Lance Henriksen, American actor and painter
Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
Simon Rimmer, English chef
Hank Green, Musician, video blogger and founder of ecogeek.org
Randall Gay, American football player
Scott Ware, American football player
Who died on May 5?
King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (b. 1777)
August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor (b. 1915)
Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
Mario Quintana, Brazilian poet (b. 1906)
Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher (b. 1918)
Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
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