On This Day

What Happened on May 16

Important 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
  • 1944 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
  • 1989 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift
  • 2013 Human stem cells are successfully cloned
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May 16 in Film & TV

May 16 in Music

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

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

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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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