On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1866

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)
1866 Highlights

About May 16, 1866

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 154 years, 6 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus