May 5 Holidays, Events & Observances

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May 5 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are May 5 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; May 5 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on May 5.

May 5 and observances
May 5 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in May, international holidays in May 5, national days in May 5. Some major May 5 national day and International holidays list in May calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore May 5 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of May 5 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on May 5, notable events, national days in May 5, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on May 5 globally.

Month of May

May is the fifth month of the year, has 31 days, and is likely named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Alternatively, the name might have come from the Latin maiores, “elders,” who were celebrated now.

May is commonly associated as a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn (fall) in the Southern hemisphere. It is said that this is the month when plants really start to grow.

May’s birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.

The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents love or success.

Holidays in May

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in May are: Armed Forces Day, National Morel Mushroom Festival, World Whisky Day, Ely Eel Festival, Baby Day, Brothers and Sisters Day, International Scurvy Awareness Day, National Life Insurance Day, etc all in this month.

May 5 holidays and observances
May 5 Holidays and Observances

May 5 Holidays, National Day

May 5 is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 240 days remain until the end of the year.

This day marks the approximate midpoint of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the March equinox).

Events

Pre-1600

  • 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.
  • 1260 – Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1494 – On his second voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, landing at Discovery Bay and declares Jamaica the property of the Spanish crown.

1601–1900

  • 1640 – King Charles I of England dissolves the Short Parliament.
  • 1654 – Cromwell’s Act of Grace, aimed at reconciliation with the Scots, proclaimed in Edinburgh.
  • 1762 – Russia and Prussia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg.
  • 1789 – In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614.
  • 1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 1821 – Emperor Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1821 – The first ion of The Manchester Guardian, now The Guardian, is published.
  • 1835 – The first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
  • 1862 – Cinco de Mayo: Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla in Mexico.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate government was declared dissolved at Washington, Georgia.
  • 1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
  • 1877 – American Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
  • 1891 – The 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.

1901–present

Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1210 – Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)
  • 1282 – Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena (d. 1322)
  • 1310 – Preczlaw of Pogarell, Cardinal and Bishop of Wrocław (d. 1376)
  • 1352 – Rupert of Germany, Count Palatine of the Rhine (d. 1410)
  • 1479 – Guru Amar Das, Indian 3rd Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
  • 1504 – Stanislaus Hosius, Polish cardinal (d. 1579)
  • 1530 – Gabriel, comte de Montgomery, French nobleman (d. 1574)
  • 1542 – Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire (d. 1623)
  • 1582 – John Frederick, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1628)

1601–1900

  • 1684 – Françoise Charlotte d’Aubigné, French wife of Adrien Maurice de Noailles (d. 1739)
  • 1747 – Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
  • 1749 – Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French pianist and composer (d. 1794)
  • 1764 – Robert Craufurd, Scottish general and politician (d. 1812)
  • 1800 – Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (d. 1864)
  • 1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and author (d. 1855)
  • 1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, and journalist (d. 1883)
  • 1826 – Eugénie de Montijo, French wife of Napoleon III (d. 1920)
  • 1830 – John Batterson Stetson, American businessman, founded the John B. Stetson Company (d. 1906)
  • 1832 – Hubert Howe Bancroft, American ethnologist and historian (d. 1918)
  • 1833 – Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and academic (d. 1905)
  • 1834 – Viktor Hartmann, Russian painter and architect (d. 1873)
  • 1843 – William George Beers, Canadian dentist and patriot (d. 1900)
  • 1846 – Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)
  • 1858 – John L. Leal, American physician (d. 1914)
  • 1859 – Charles B. Hanford, American Shakespearean actor (d. 1926)
  • 1864 – Nellie Bly, American journalist and author (d. 1922)
  • 1865 – Helen Maud Merrill, American litterateur and poet (d. 1943)
  • 1866 – Thomas B. Thrige, Danish businessman (d. 1938)
  • 1869 – Fabián de la Rosa, Filipino painter and educator (d. 1937)
  • 1869 – Hans Pfitzner, German composer and conductor (d. 1949)
  • 1874 – Thomas Bavin, New Zealand-Australian politician, 24th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1941)
  • 1882 – Sylvia Pankhurst, English women’s suffrage movement leader and socialist activist (d. 1960)
  • 1883 – Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, English general and politician, 43rd Governor-General of India (d. 1950)
  • 1883 – Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler, American mathematician (d. 1966)
  • 1884 – Chief Bender, American baseball player and coach (d. 1954)
  • 1885 – Kingsley Fairbridge, South African-Australian scholar and politician (d. 1924)
  • 1887 – Mervyn S. Bennion, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1941)
  • 1889 – Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer and soldier (d. 1973)
  • 1890 – Christopher Morley, American journalist and author (d. 1957)
  • 1892 – Dorothy Garrod, British archaeologist (d. 1968)
  • 1898 – Elsie Eaves, American engineer (d. 1983)
  • 1898 – Blind Willie McTell, American Piedmont blues singer and guitar player (d. 1959)
  • 1899 – Freeman Gosden, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1900 – Helen Redfield, American geneticist (d. 1988)
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1901–present

  • 1903 – James Beard, American chef and author (d. 1985)
  • 1905 – Floyd Gottfredson, American author and illustrator (d. 1986)
  • 1906 – Charles Exbrayat, French author and screenwriter (d. 1989)
  • 1907 – Daryna Dmytrivna Polotniuk, Bukovinian (Ukrainian) journalist and author (d. 1982)
  • 1908 – Kurt Böhme, German opera singer (d. 1989)
  • 1909 – Miklós Radnóti, Hungarian poet and author (d. 1944)
  • 1910 – Leo Lionni, American author and illustrator (d. 1999)
  • 1911 – Gilles Grangier, French director and screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1911 – Andor Lilienthal, Russian-Hungarian chess player (d. 2010)
  • 1911 – Pritilata Waddedar, Indian educator and activist (d. 1932)
  • 1913 – Duane Carter, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • 1914 – Tyrone Power, American actor (d. 1958)
  • 1915 – Alice Faye, American actress and singer (d. 1998)
  • 1916 – Zail Singh, Indian politician, 7th President of India (d. 1994)
  • 1917 – Pío Leyva, Cuban singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1918 – Egidio Galea, Maltese Roman Catholic priest (d. 2005)
  • 1919 – Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek colonel and politician, 169th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1999)
  • 1921 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1922 – Irene Gut Opdyke, Polish nurse and humanitarian (d. 2003)
  • 1923 – William C. Campbell, American golfer (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – James Gilbert, Scottish television producer and director (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Cathleen Synge Morawetz, Canadian mathematician (d. 2017)
  • 1923 – Richard Wollheim, English philosopher and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1925 – Leo Ryan, American soldier, educator, and politician (d. 1978)
  • 1927 – Pat Carroll, American actress
  • 1929 – Ilene Woods, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1930 – Hans Abramson, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Greg, Belgian author and illustrator (d. 1999)
  • 1932 – Stan Goldberg, American illustrator (d. 2014)
  • 1932 – Bob Said, American race car driver and bobsled racer (d. 2002)
  • 1933 – Igor Kashkarov, Russian high jumper
  • 1933 – Collie Smith, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1959)
  • 1934 – Henri Konan Bédié, Ivorian politician, 2nd President of Côte d’Ivoire
  • 1934 – Victor Garland, Australian accountant and politician, 26th Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
  • 1935 – Eddie Linden, Scottish poet and magazine or
  • 1935 – Bernard Pivot, French journalist, talk show host, and producer
  • 1935 – Robert Rehme, American film producer
  • 1936 – Sandy Baron, American actor and comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1936 – Patrick Gowers, English composer and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Ervin Lázár, Hungarian author (d. 2006)
  • 1937 – Delia Derbyshire, English musician, arranger and composer (d. 2001)
  • 1938 – Michael Murphy, American actor
  • 1938 – Barbara Wagner, Canadian figure skater and coach
  • 1939 – Ray Gosling, English journalist, author, and activist (d. 2013)
  • 1940 – Lance Henriksen, American actor
  • 1940 – Michael Lindsay-Hogg, American director and producer
  • 1941 – Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1942 – István Bujtor, Hungarian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1942 – Jean Corston, Baroness Corston, English lawyer and politician
  • 1942 – Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon, English politician (d. 2015)
  • 1942 – Tammy Wynette, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
  • 1943 – Michael Palin, English actor and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Ignacio Ramonet, Spanish journalist and author
  • 1944 – Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1944 – John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor and screenwriter
  • 1944 – Roger Rees, Welsh-American actor and director (d. 2015)
  • 1945 – Kurt Loder, American journalist, author, and critic
  • 1945 – Dianne Willcocks, English sociologist and academic
  • 1946 – Jim Kelly, American actor, athlete, and martial artist
  • 1946 – Aydın Menderes, Turkish politician (d. 2011)
  • 1948 – Bella van der Spiegel-Hage, Dutch cyclist
  • 1948 – Bill Ward, English drummer and songwriter
  • 1949 – Eppie Bleeker, Dutch speed skater
  • 1950 – Rex Caldwell, American golfer
  • 1950 – Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer
  • 1951 – Rudolf Finsterer, German rugby player and coach
  • 1951 – Toomas Vilosius, Estonian physician and politician, 2nd Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia
  • 1952 – Ed Lee, American politician and attorney, 43rd Mayor of San Francisco (d. 2017)
  • 1952 – Jorge Llopart, Spanish race walker
  • 1952 – Willem Witteveen, Dutch scholar and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1955 – Jon Butcher, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and freelance multimedia producer
  • 1956 – Steve Scott, American runner and coach
  • 1957 – Richard E. Grant, Swazi-English actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Peter Howitt, English actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Aad van Mil, Dutch water polo player
  • 1958 – Ron Arad, Israeli colonel and pilot (d. 1986)
  • 1958 – Robert DiPierdomenico, Australian footballer and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Vanessa Downing, Australian actress
  • 1958 – Jack Wishna, American businessman, co-founded Rockcityclub (d. 2012)
  • 1959 – Bobby Ellsworth, American singer and bass player
  • 1959 – Ian McCulloch, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1959 – Steve Stevens, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1959 – Brian Williams, American journalist
  • 1960 – Doug Hawkins, Australian footballer and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Marg Downey, Australian actress
  • 1961 – Hiroshi Hase, Japanese wrestler and politician
  • 1961 – Rob Williams, American basketball player (d. 2014)
  • 1962 – Kaoru Wada, Japanese composer and conductor
  • 1963 – James LaBrie, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1963 – Simon Rimmer, English chef and author
  • 1963 – Scott Westerfeld, American author and composer
  • 1964 – Jean-François Copé, French politician, French Minister of Budget
  • 1964 – Heike Henkel, German high jumper
  • 1964 – Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1964 – Minami Takayama, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1964 – Efrat Mishori, Israeli poet and filmmaker
  • 1965 – Glenn Seton, Australian race car driver
  • 1966 – Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer
  • 1966 – Sergei Stanishev, Bulgarian politician, 46th Prime Minister of Bulgaria
  • 1966 – Josh Weinstein, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1967 – Adam Hughes, American author and illustrator
  • 1967 – Alexis Sinduhije, Burundian journalist and politician
  • 1969 – Pieter Muller, South African rugby player
  • 1970 – Kyan Douglas, American television host and author
  • 1970 – Todd Newton, American game show host
  • 1971 – Harold Miner, American basketball player
  • 1971 – Mike Redmond, American baseball player and manager
  • 1972 – James Cracknell, English rower
  • 1972 – Žigmund Pálffy, Slovakian ice hockey player
  • 1972 – Mikael Renberg, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1975 – Meb Keflezighi, American runner
  • 1976 – Dieter Brummer, Australian actor (d. 2021)
  • 1976 – Jean-François Dumoulin, Canadian race car driver
  • 1976 – Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer
  • 1976 – Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentinian footballer and sportscaster
  • 1978 – Morgan Pehme, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1979 – Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
  • 1980 – Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 – Hank Green, American entrepreneur, educator, and vlogger
  • 1980 – DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Craig David, English singer-songwriter, musician and producer
  • 1981 – Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • 1982 – Ferrie Bodde, Dutch footballer
  • 1982 – Wouter D’Haene, Belgian sprinter
  • 1982 – Randall Gay, American football player
  • 1982 – Corey Parker, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1983 – James Anyon, English cricketer
  • 1983 – Henry Cavill, English actor
  • 1983 – Mabel Gay, Cuban triple jumper
  • 1983 – Annie Villeneuve, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1983 – Scott Ware, American football player
  • 1984 – Johanna Hedva, Korean-American artist and genderqueer activist
  • 1984 – Wade MacNeil, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Christian Valdez, Mexican footballer
  • 1985 – Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1985 – Marcos Rogério Oliveira Duarte, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985 – Emanuele Giaccherini, Italian footballer
  • 1985 – Tsepo Masilela, South African footballer
  • 1985 – P. J. Tucker, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Terrence Wheatley, American football player
  • 1987 – Graham Dorrans, Scottish footballer
  • 1988 – Adele, English singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Mervyn Westfield, English cricketer
  • 1989 – Chris Brown, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
  • 1991 – Xenofon Fetsis, Greek footballer
  • 1991 – Raúl Jiménez, Mexican footballer
  • 1992 – Loïck Landre, French footballer
  • 1998 – Aryna Sabalenka, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1999 – Nathan Chen, American figure skater
  • 1999 – Justin Kluivert, Dutch footballer
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 465 – Gerontius, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1194 – Casimir II the Just, Polish son of Bolesław III Wrymouth (b. 1138)
  • 1243 – Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent, English justiciar (b. c. 1160)
  • 1306 – Constantine Palaiologos, Byzantine general (b. 1261)
  • 1309 – Charles II of Naples (b. 1254)
  • 1316 – Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, daughter of King Edward I of England (b. 1282)
  • 1338 – Prince Tsunenaga, son of the Japanese Emperor (b. 1324)
  • 1380 – Saint Philotheos, Coptic martyr
  • 1432 – Francesco Bussone da Carmagnola, Italian adventurer
  • 1525 – Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (b. 1463)
  • 1582 – Charlotte of Bourbon, Princess consort of Orange, married to William I of Orange (b. 1547)
  • 1586 – Henry Sidney, Irish politician, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)

1601–1900

  • 1671 – Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester, English general and politician, Lord Chamberlain of the United Kingdom (b. 1602)
  • 1672 – Samuel Cooper, English painter and linguist (b. 1609)
  • 1700 – Angelo Italia, Italian architect (b. 1628)
  • 1705 – Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1640)
  • 1760 – Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, English politician (b. 1720)
  • 1766 – Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1808 – Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist and philosopher (b. 1757)
  • 1821 – Napoleon, French general and emperor (b. 1769)
  • 1827 – Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (b. 1750)
  • 1833 – Sophia Campbell, English-Australian painter (b. 1777)
  • 1855 – Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1859 – Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, German mathematician and academic (b. 1805)
  • 1860 – Jean-Charles Prince, Canadian bishop (b. 1804)
  • 1883 – John O’Shanassy, Irish-Australian politician, 2nd Premier of Victoria (b. 1818)
  • 1892 – August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist and academic (b. 1818)
  • 1896 – Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
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1901–present

  • 1902 – Bret Harte, American short story writer and poet (b. 1836)
  • 1907 – Şeker Ahmed Pasha, Turkish soldier and painter (b. 1841)
  • 1913 – Henry Moret, French painter (b. 1856)
  • 1916 – John MacBride, Irish soldier and rebel (b. 1865)
  • 1916 – Maurice Raoul-Duval, French polo player (b. 1866)
  • 1921 – Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian journalist and publicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1924 – A. Sabapathy, Sri Lankan journalist and politician (b. 1853)
  • 1931 – Glen Kidston, English pilot and race car driver (b. 1899)
  • 1941 – Platon of Banja Luka, Serbian Orthodox bishop (b. 1874)
  • 1942 – Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1947 – Ty LaForest, Canadian-American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1957 – Leopold Löwenheim, German mathematician and logician (b. 1878)
  • 1959 – Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentinian academic and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1878)
  • 1962 – Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (b. 1889)
  • 1965 – Nikos Gounaris, Greek tenor and composer (b. 1915)
  • 1965 – John Waters, American director and screenwriter (b. 1893)
  • 1971 – Violet Jessop, Argentinean-English nurse (b. 1887)
  • 1973 – Zekai Özger, Turkish poet and academic (b. 1948)
  • 1977 – Ludwig Erhard, German economist and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1897)
  • 1981 – Bobby Sands, PIRA volunteer and hunger striker (b. 1954)
  • 1983 – Horst Schumann, German physician (b. 1901)
  • 1983 – John Williams, English-American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1985 – Donald Bailey, English engineer, designed the Bailey bridge (b. 1901)
  • 1988 – Michael Shaara, American author and academic (b. 1928)
  • 1993 – Irving Howe, American literary and social critic (b. 1920)
  • 1994 – Mário Quintana, Brazilian poet and translator (b. 1906)
  • 1995 – Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian chess player and coach (b. 1911)
  • 1999 – Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Greek actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2000 – Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • 2000 – Bill Musselman, American basketball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2001 – Morris Graves, American painter and educator (b. 1910)
  • 2001 – Clifton Hillegass, American publisher, created CliffsNotes (b. 1918)
  • 2002 – Hugo Banzer, Bolivian general and politician, 62nd President of Bolivia (b. 1926)
  • 2002 – Paul Wilbur Klipsch, American engineer, founded Klipsch Audio Technologies (b. 1904)
  • 2002 – George Sidney, American director and producer (b. 1916)
  • 2003 – Sam Bockarie, Sierra Leonean commander (b. 1964)
  • 2003 – Walter Sisulu, South African activist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 2006 – Naushad Ali, Indian composer and producer (b. 1919)
  • 2006 – Atıf Yılmaz, Turkish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2007 – Theodore Harold Maiman, American-Canadian physicist and engineer, created the laser (b. 1927)
  • 2008 – Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1917)
  • 2008 – Jerry Wallace, American singer and guitarist (b. 1928)
  • 2010 – Giulietta Simionato, Italian soprano (b. 1910)
  • 2010 – Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Nigerian academic and politician, 13th President of Nigeria (b. 1951)
  • 2011 – Claude Choules, English-Australian soldier (b. 1901)
  • 2011 – Yosef Merimovich, Israeli footballer and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2011 – Dana Wynter, British actress (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Surendranath, Indian cricketer (b. 1937)
  • 2012 – Carl Johan Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Aatos Erkko, Finnish journalist and publisher (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – George Knobel, Dutch footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Roy Padayachie, South African lawyer and politician, South African Minister of Communications (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – Sarah Kirsch, German poet and author (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Robert Ressler, American FBI agent and author (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Michael Otedola, Nigerian journalist and politician, 9th Governor of Lagos State (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Jobst Brandt, American cyclist, engineer, and author (b. 1935)
  • 2015 – Hans Jansen, Dutch linguist, academic, and politician (b. 1942)
  • 2017 – Binyamin Elon, Israeli Orthodox rabbi and politician (b. 1954)
  • 2017 – Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Mauritanian politician (b. 1953)

Holidays and observances

  • Children’s Day (Japan, South Korea)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Angelus of Jerusalem
    • Aventinus of Tours
    • Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice
    • Frederick the Wise (Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod)
    • Hilary of Arles
    • Jutta of Kulmsee
    • Stanisław Kazimierczyk
    • May 5 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Cinco de Mayo (Mexico, United States)
  • Constitution Day (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Europe Day (Council of Europe)
  • Feast of al-Khadr or Saint George (Palestinian)
  • Indian Arrival Day (Guyana)
  • International Midwives’ Day (International)
  • Liberation Day (Denmark, Netherlands)
  • Lusophone Culture Day (Community of Portuguese Language Countries)
  • World Portuguese language day (International)
  • Martyrs’ Day (Albania)
  • Patriots’ Victory Day (Ethiopia)
  • Senior Citizens Day (Palau)
  • Tango no sekku (Japan)
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day (Canada and United States)
  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on May 5
  • Today in Canadian History

May 5 National Days, the conclusion

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