Historical Events on 16th May

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  • 955 Alberich II, (bastard?) son of Octavianus elected pope
  • 1165 Ramjbam & his family reach Acre Palestine
  • 1204 Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders, is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople.
  • 1527 Florence becomes a republic
  • 1532 Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor
  • 1547 Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg
  • 1568 Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England

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1571 Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler
  • 1584 7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond/Blokker/St-Pietersdal
  • 1605 Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI becomes Paul V
  • 1606 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia
  • 1648 Battle of Zhovti Vody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks defeat Polish King John Casimir after 18 days of battle
  • 1747 Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Neth
  • 1763 Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
  • 1771 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • 1792 Denmark abolishes slave trade
  • 1795 Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state
  • 1796 Lombardian Republic forms
  • 1803 Peace of Amiens ends
  • 1811 Peninsular War: Allies defeat French at Albuera
  • 1815 The Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, officially names the town of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains.
  • 1817 Mississippi River steamboat service begins
  • 1822 Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.

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1860 -18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861 Twiggs Surrender, San Antonio, Texas during US Civil war
  • 1861 Confederate government offers war volunteers $10 premium
  • 1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
  • 1862 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
  • 1863 Battle of Champion's Hill, MS-bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
  • 1864 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)
  • 1864 Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA
  • 1864 Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties)
  • 1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer
  • 1866 US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)
  • 1868 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague

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1868 By one vote, US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1869 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • 1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
  • 1874 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Mass)
  • 1875 Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
  • 1877 May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • 1879 Antonin Dvorák's "Slavic Dancing" premieres
  • 1879 Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia & English
  • 1881 World's 1st electric tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
  • 1882 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • 1884 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • 1888 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • 1891 George A Hormel & Co introduce Spam
  • 1894 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings
  • 1901 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Priory School" (BG)
  • 1902 2 deaf-mutes face each other for 1st time as Dummy Hoy leads off for the Reds against Dummy Taylor of the Giants, Reds win 5-3
  • 1903 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George Wymann)
  • 1907 In the Pact of Cartagena, Great Britain, France, and Spain agree to maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa
  • 1910 US Bureau of Mines forms
  • 1911 Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands
  • 1911 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf
  • 1914 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • 1914 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • 1916 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
  • 1918 The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.

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1920 Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1920 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
  • 1921 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
  • 1922 White Star Liner Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage
  • 1924 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen Oregon
  • 1925 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6
  • 1927 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • 1927 Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
  • 1929 1st Academy Awards - "Wings", Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins
  • 1930 6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2
  • 1931 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
  • 1932 Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston
  • 1933 Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game
  • 1936 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
  • 1936 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59
  • 1938 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
  • 1938 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)

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1938 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1939 1st AL night game, Phila Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
  • 1939 Food stamps are 1st issued
  • 1940 Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers

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1940 British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1941 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1941 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
  • 1941 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • 1941 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
  • 1942 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma
  • 1943 -17th] Operation Chastise - the Dambusters Raid; 617 Squadron RAF bombs Möhne & Eder dams (Ruhr valley) with bouncing bombs
  • 1943 German troops destroy synagogue of Warsaw
  • 1943 Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting
  • 1944 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
  • 1944 Military police attack gypsies
  • 1945 Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon, Okinawa
  • 1946 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC

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1947 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1948 Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion
  • 1948 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • 1948 Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel
  • 1948 Egyptians enter the Gaza
  • 1948 Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
  • 1951 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
  • 1952 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
  • 1953 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
  • 1954 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open

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1954 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1954 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast

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1955 Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in SF

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1955 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
  • 1955 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown
  • 1955 Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1956 Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China
  • 1956 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
  • 1956 Kraft Theater presents an act from "Profiles in Courage"
  • 1956 Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australians at the Oval
  • 1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae
  • 1957 US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton Conn
  • 1957 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade
  • 1958 Maj Irwin, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • 1958 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • 1959 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
  • 1959 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
  • 1960 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • 1961 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win
  • 1963 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1963 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • 1964 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • 1964 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1964 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • 1965 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers
  • 1965 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam
  • 1965 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
  • 1965 WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, NY (TEL) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
  • 1965 18th Cannes Film Festival: "The Knack...and How to Get It" directed by Richard Lester wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1966 Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released
  • 1966 National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • 1966 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • 1966 "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • 1967 Phila voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium
  • 1968 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • 1968 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat

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1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1969 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • 1969 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF
  • 1969 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1969 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • 1969 Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • 1970 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2

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1970 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • 1970 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "MASH" directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1971 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • 1971 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych London
  • 1971 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • 1972 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • 1972 Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Phila Vet
  • 1972 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
  • 1973 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
  • 1973 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • 1974 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
  • 1974 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1975 India annexes Principality of Sikkim
  • 1975 Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest

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1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1975 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • 1976 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Phila Flyers in 4 games
  • 1976 Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
  • 1977 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC
  • 1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1977 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown
  • 1979 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • 1979 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 1980 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Phila 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

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1980 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 1980 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes

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1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • 1981 106th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • 1981 Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1
  • 1982 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • 1982 "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
  • 1982 Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating in preparation for STS-4

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1982 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1982 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep
  • 1982 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games
  • 1983 Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel
  • 1983 Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
  • 1984 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • 1984 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • 1984 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer
  • 1984 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

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1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • 1985 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • 1985 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 "Top Gun" premieres
  • 1986 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas
  • 1986 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election