May 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 5



May 5th is Nail Day and Cartoonists Day.

Today marks day 126 of the year, and we have 240 days left in 2024.

Today in history was an important day for exploration, sports and fashion, but it was also a terrible day for disasters. Here you’ll find the facts & historical events that happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1921, Perfume Chanel No.5 was released? It was the first perfume released by French couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about May 5th in history!


What memorable events happened on May 5 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Donald Glover, known by his stage name Childish Gambino, released the music video for his single titled “This Is America,” which went on to gain vast praise.


A conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon occurred.

OTD in 2000: A conjunction of Sun

A conjunction is when planets meet at a specific angle which creates an optical illusion.


Mike Tyson received his second speeding ticket while drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York.


Secretariat made history when he finished the Kentucky Derby in record time.

He was the first horse to complete the Derby in under two minutes, with a time of 1 minute 59.4 seconds.


Alan Shephard became the first American to travel to outer space.

Shepherd flew aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule as a part of the Mercury Project. He remained in space for fifteen minutes before returning safely to Earth.


Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned King of Thailand.


Perfume Chanel No.5 was released.

OTD in 1921: Perfume Chanel No.5 was released.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel released her first fragrance ever, which ended up also being the first modern perfume. Coco was also the first face of the advertisement for the perfume.


Eugene Bullard became the first African-American military pilot after acquiring his pilot’s license from the Aéro-Club de France.


Tchaikovsky conducted the first public concert at the newly-built Music Hall in New York City.


A fire broke out in Hamburg, Germany. It burned for over 100 hours, killed 51 people, and destroyed 1,700 homes.


Mary Kies became the first woman ever to acquire a patent.

She received her US patent for her method of weaving straw with silk.


Prussia and Russia signed the Treaty of Saint Petersburg, which ended seven years of war between the two.


During his second voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus spotted Jamaica and landed at Discovery Bay.


Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan, became the ruler of the Mongol Empire.

OTD in 1260: Kublai Khan

He reigned from 1260 until his death in 1294.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Chris Brown? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Chris Brown



Chris Brown


35 years old

Born In:

Virginia, USA







36 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Henry Cavill



Henry Cavill


41 years old

Born In:

Channel Islands, UK


Karl Marx



Karl Marx

Died On:

Mar 14, 1883 (Age 64)

Born In:

Trier, Germany


Søren Kierkegaard



Søren Kierkegaard

Died On:

Nov 1, 1855 (Age 42)

Born In:

Copenhagen, Denmark


What is your favorite quote from May 5th? Here are the most noteworthy quotes said on this day in history.


A light here required a shadow there.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

English Writer

Special Holidays

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

May 5: National Nail Day
United States

National Nail Day

National Nail Day was founded by a UK company called Elegant Touch, which believes that everyone should be able to have beautiful nails without spending too much time or money. So celebrate today by posting a “nailfie,” along with the hashtag #NailDay!

May 5: National Cartoonists Day
United States

National Cartoonists Day

Some people look down on cartoons as a baser artform, but those people can take a hike. Cartoonists Day is a day to thank cartoonists for all the hard work they put into each and every strip. Read some cartoons today, and maybe even reach out to the cartoonist and thank them!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Manatees can get frostbite in water below 68°F (20°C). Their fat is not designed to insulate them from the cold.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on May 5 shares the zodiac sign of Taurus.

Taurus is an earth sign represented by the bull. Taureans tend to be grounded and logical – they love routine, and like to be fully in control of their own comfort and surroundings.

People born in May all have the Emerald birthstone. The ancient Romans believed Emerald represented Venus, the Goddess of beauty and love. Traditionally, Emerald has been known to help heal people and keep illness away.

Those who were born on May 5th were likely conceived the previous year on August 12th.

A baby that is conceived on May 5, 2024, will be due around January 26, 2025.

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