Events in History on May 16

  • 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 Lord Chancellor of England
  • 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 Netherlands
  • 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 vassal state
  • 1796 Lombardian Republic forms
  • 1803 Peace of Amiens between French Republic and Great Britain 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, Mississippi-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)

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1868 US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote.

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
  • 1874 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Mass)
  • 1875 Eathquake 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 enters service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
  • 1888 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • 1891 George A. Hormel & Co introduces Spam
  • 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

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1911 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • 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
  • 1922 White Star Liner Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage
  • 1924 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen Oregon
  • 1927 Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
  • 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
  • 1938 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
  • 1938 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)
  • 1939 1st AL night game, Philadelphia 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 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
  • 1941 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • 1942 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma
  • 1943 Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the 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
  • 1945 Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon, Okinawa
  • 1948 Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion
  • 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.
  • 1955 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
  • 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, USAF, 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
  • 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.
  • 1963 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
  • 1964 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1964 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 1965 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers
  • 1965 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam
  • 1965 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
  • 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 Philalphia 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
  • 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
  • 1971 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • 1971 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • 1972 Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
  • 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
  • 1977 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC
  • 1980 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
  • 1982 Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating in preparation for STS-4
  • 1982 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep
  • 1983 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • 1983 Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
  • 1984 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • 1984 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • 1986 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas
  • 1986 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election
  • 1986 South African President PW Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
  • 1986 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
  • 1987 "Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage sets sail from NYC, beginning an unsuccessful 8 week search for a dumping site
  • 1988 US Surgeon Gen C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
  • 1988 US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant

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1989 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1990 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • 1991 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (Superman character) (fiction!)

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1991 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1992 Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock
  • 1992 US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • 1993 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull
  • 1993 Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head
  • 1993 Suleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey
  • 1994 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando FL on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • 1994 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • 1994 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • 1995 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier
  • 1997 St Louis Cards Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits
  • 1997 A final agreement creating the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) is signed by project participants, inc. Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • 2003 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
  • 2004 The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.
  • 2005 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
  • 2006 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
  • 2007 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

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2007 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 2011 Space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final commission in space

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2013 Bill Gates becomes the world's richest man with $72.7 billion again after losing the position in 2008

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates

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2013 Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation

Pope Francis
  • 2013 Human stem cells are successfully cloned