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 French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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)
- 1762Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
- 1821Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
- 1835In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
- 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.
- 1925The government of South Africa declares Afrikaans an official language
- 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.
- 1944German troops execute 216 civilians in the village of Kleisoura in Greece
- 1955West Germany gains full sovereignty.
- 1961The Mercury program: Mercury-Redstone 3 – Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes.
- 2006The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army.
Who were born on May 5?
- 1830John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906)
- 1889Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (d. 1973)
- 1908Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
- 1940Lasse Åberg, Swedish artist, actor and musician
- 1944John Rhys-Davies, English-born Welsh actor
- 1958Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action
- 1970Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
- 1972Devin Townsend, Canadian musician (Strapping Young Lad)
- 1982Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater-canoeist
- 1999Nathan Chen, American figure skater
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