About May 5

May 5, 2020 is the 126th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 283 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 5

  • 553
    The Second Council of Constantinople begins.
  • 1494
    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
  • 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.
  • 1862
    Cinco de Mayo: troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 1891
    The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 1936
    Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • 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
  • 1945
    World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
  • 1950
    Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 1961
    The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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