On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 2019

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Premier

"Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • British people get drunk more than any other nation, 51 times year according to the Global Drug survey, with English-speaking countries drinking the most
  • Brooks Koepka fires tournament record equalling, and course record 63 (-7) to lead the PGA Championship by 1 stroke after the 1st round at Bethpage Black, NY
  • Last episode of TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco after 12 seasons
  • New DNA research showing bedbugs are older than humans - 115 million years old and outlived dinosaurs, published in "Current Biology"
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces he is running for president, the 24th Democrat to run
  • South African Saray Khumalo is the first black African woman to climb Mt Evervest
  • UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over IT threats, banning US companies from using foreign technology without a license

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Deaths


Person of interestBob Hawke

Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), dies at 89

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke

Person of interestI. M. Pei

I. M. Pei, Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, dies at 102

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei