May 5: Day of the Week
May 5, 2019 was the 125th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 240 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
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May 5 Historical Event(s)
- 1215Rebel barons renounce their allegiance to King John of England — part of a chain of events leading to the signing of the Magna Carta.
- 1809Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
- 1835In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
- 1864American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
- 1865In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.
- 1891The 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.
- 1949The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
- 1950Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
- 1964The Council of Europe declares May 5 as Europe Day.
- 1981Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
Who were born on May 5?
- 1684Françoise Charlotte d'Aubigné, niece of Madame de Maintenon and ancestress of the Heir to the Belgian throne (d. 1739)
- 1833Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer (d. 1905)
- 1937Delia Derbyshire, British electronic music composer (d. 2001)
- 1942István Bujtor, Hungarian actor (d. 2009)
- 1958Robert DiPierdomenico, Australian rules footballer
- 1959Ian McCulloch, English singer (Echo & the Bunnymen)
- 1963James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater)
- 1970LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player
- 1972Devin Townsend, Canadian musician (Strapping Young Lad)
- 1978Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
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