On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1966

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • The Beach Boys release their groundbreaking album "Pet Sounds", containing hit singles "Sloop John B" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice"

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestJanet Jackson

Janet Jackson, American singer (Control), sister of Michael, born in Gary, Indiana

  • Scott Reeves, American actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • Thurman Thomas, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)

Famous Deaths

  • Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home