2021 May

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 125 of the year, and we have 240 days left of the year.

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

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 facts about May 5th in history!

What Happened On May 5 In History?


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.

A conjunction is when planets meet at a specific angle which creates an optical illusion. When this occurred in May 2000, it was an incredibly rare event to occur with so many planets.

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


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.

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


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 to ever 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 brought an end to 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.

Did you know that on this day, May 5th 1921, Perfume Chanel No.5 was released?