On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1947

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Famous Birthdays

  • Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
  • Bill Smitrovich, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)

Famous Deaths

  • Frederick Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 85