About May 5

May 5, 2021 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.

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Taurus is the sun 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.

What Happened On May 5

  • 553
    The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
  • 1215
    Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.
  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 1809
    Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 1809
    The Swiss canton of Aargau denies citizenship to Jews.
  • 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.
  • 1865
    In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1904
    Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
  • 1925
    Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
  • 1936
    Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 1941
    Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots’ Victory Day.
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 1964
    The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
  • 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
  • 1991
    A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
  • 1994
    The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
  • 2010
    Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

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