May 5: Day of the Week
May 5, 2021 was the 125th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 240 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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)
- 1494Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.
- 1762Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
- 1809Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
- 1936Italian troops occupy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- 1940World 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.
- 1941Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the country commemorates the date as Liberation Day or Patriots’ Victory Day.
- 1949The Treaty of London establishes the Council of Europe in Strasbourg as the first European institution working for European integration.
- 1980Operation Nimrod: The British Special Air Service storms the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege.
- 1987Iran-Contra affair: start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States of America
- 1994The signing of the Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan effectively freezes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Who were born on May 5?
- 1546Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
- 1830John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906)
- 1832H.H. Bancroft, American historian and publisher (d. 1918)
- 1932Will Hutchins, American actor
- 1936Ervin Lázár, Hungarian writer (d. 2006)
- 1941Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (d. 2004)
- 1942Marc Alaimo, American actor
- 1959Johann Gajda, German footballer
- 1966Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
- 1974Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver
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