May 5: Day of the Week
May 5, 2021 is the 125th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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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.
- 1640King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
- 1864American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
- 1904Pitching 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.
- 1925Scopes Trial: serving of an arrest warrant on John T. Scopes for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
- 1946The 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.
- 1955West Germany gains full sovereignty.
- 1972Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
- 1987Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
- 1991A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after police shoot a Salvadoran man.
Who were born on May 5?
- 1818Karl Marx, German political philosopher (d. 1883)
- 1832H.H. Bancroft, American historian and publisher (d. 1918)
- 1833Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer (d. 1905)
- 1864Nellie Bly, American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
- 1927Pat Carroll, American actress
- 1932Will Hutchins, American actor
- 1970LaPhonso Ellis, American basketball player
- 1976Dieter Brummer, Australian actor
- 1981Chris Duncan, American baseball player
- 1989Larissa Wilson, English actress
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