What Happened on May 16, 1866

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events


InventionHistoric Invention

Charles E. Hires invents "Hires Root Beer"

Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer Charles E. Hires
Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer
Charles E. Hires
  • US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)

Famous Birthdays

  • Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)