About December 5

December 5, 2020 is the 340th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 69 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 5

  • 663
    Fourth Council of Toledo takes place.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  • 1590
    Niccolò Sfondrati becomes Pope Gregory XIV.
  • 1757
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Leuthen – Frederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.
  • 1831
    Former US President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
  • 1848
    California Gold Rush: In a message before the U.S. Congress, US President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.
  • 1865
    Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.
  • 1920
    Dimitrios Rallis forms a government in Greece.
  • 1932
    German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
  • 1936
    The Soviet Union adopts a new constitution and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic is established as a full Union Republic of the USSR.
  • 1945
    Flight 19 is lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
  • 1955
    The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL-CIO.
  • 1957
    Sukarno expels all Dutch people from Indonesia.
  • 1958
    Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
  • 1977
    Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen. The move is in retaliation for the Declaration of Tripoli against Egypt.
  • 1978
    The Soviet Union signs a “friendship treaty” with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.
  • 1993
    The mayor of Wien (Vienna), Helmut Zilk, is wounded by a letter bomb.
  • 2005
    The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • 2006
    Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.

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