About May 5

May 5, 2022 is the 125th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 262 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.
  • 1762
    Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
  • 1821
    Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1835
    In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 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.
  • 1866
    Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1925
    The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
  • 1940
    World War II: Norwegian refugees form a government-in-exile in London
  • 1941
    Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots’ Victory Day.
  • 1945
    World War II: Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark from Nazi occupation when Wehrmacht troops capitulate.
  • 1946
    The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1991
    A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
  • 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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