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

  • 553
    The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1866
    Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1886
    The Bay View Tragedy: A militia fires into a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing seven.
  • 1920
    Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
  • 1936
    Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 1945
    World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
  • 1981
    Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
  • 1987
    Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
  • 1994
    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?

  • 1866
    Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
  • 1935
    Robert Rehme, American film producer
  • 1940
    Lance Henriksen, American actor and painter
  • 1944
    Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1951
    Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
  • 1962
    Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
  • 1963
    Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • 1980
    Hank Green, Musician, video blogger and founder of ecogeek.org
  • 1982
    Randall Gay, American football player
  • 1983
    Scott Ware, American football player

Who died on May 5?

  • 1194
    King Casimir II of Poland (b. 1138)
  • 1833
    Sophia Campbell, Australian artist (b. 1777)
  • 1892
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1941
    Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • 1965
    Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor (b. 1915)
  • 1988
    Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • 1994
    Mario Quintana, Brazilian poet (b. 1906)
  • 2000
    Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)

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