On This Day

What Happened on May 16

Historical Events

  • 1920 Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint
  • 1943 Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs

May 16 in Film & TV

May 16 in Music

  • 1946 Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields' musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman and featuring "There's No Business Like Show Business" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC

May 16 in Sport

  • 1948 First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination
  • 1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Did You Know?

Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California

On May 16, 1960

Would You Believe?

US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote

On May 16, 1868

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland (37) divorces former model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (42) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 8 years of marriage

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