On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1990

Historical Events

  • Dominican Republic President JoaquĆ­n Ricardo Balaguer re-elected

Meeting of InterestMikhail Kalashnikov Meets Eugene Stoner

Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creators of the M16 rifle and the AK-47 rifle respectively, meet in Washington, D.C.

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The inventor of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov (right), meets the inventor of the M-16, Eugene Stoner (left)
The inventor of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov (right), meets the inventor of the M-16, Eugene Stoner (left)
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Famous Birthdays

  • Thomas Sangster, British actor (Love Actually - "Sam"; Nanny McPhee; The Queen's Gambit), born in Southwark, London, England

Famous Deaths

  • Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by her brother Christian

Person of interestJim Henson

Jim Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, and creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street; The Muppet Show), dies of toxic shock syndrome caused by pneumonia at 53

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson

Person of interestSammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, singer ("The Candy Man"), actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, dies of throat cancer at 64

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

1990 Highlights

About May 16, 1990

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 31 years, 5 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Taurus