On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1943

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


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Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

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SS General Jürgen Stroop orders the burning of the Warsaw Ghetto, ending a month of Jewish resistance. 13,000 Jews have died, about half burnt alive or suffocated, German casualties less than 300

Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Mordecai Anielewicz
Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Mordecai Anielewicz

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Coats, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1981-89, Sen-R-IN 1989-99, 2011-17, Director of National Intelligence 2017-19), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (b. 1865)