Historical Events on May 16 (Part 2)

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  • 1987 "Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage sets sail from NYC, beginning an unsuccessful 8 week search for a dumping site
  • 1988 US Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
  • 1988 US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant

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1989 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1990 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • 1991 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (fictional Superman character)

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1991 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • 1992 117th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6
  • 1992 Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock
  • 1992 US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • 1992 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1993 "3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1993 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 30 performances
  • 1993 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull

  • 1993 Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head
  • 1993 Laura Davies wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • 1993 Suleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey
  • 1994 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • 1994 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • 1994 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • 1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
  • 1995 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1997 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • 1997 Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA
  • 1997 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • 1997 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • 1997 St Louis Cards Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits
  • 1997 A final agreement creating the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) is signed by project participants, inc. Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • 1998 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
  • 2001 "Mulholland Drive", directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

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2002 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas

  • 2003 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in terrorist attacks
  • 2003 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • 2004 Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine where during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians
  • 2005 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote
  • 2006 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand
  • 2007 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is first Scottish National Party leader to be elected First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

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2007 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy

  • 2009 134th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08
  • 2009 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow
  • 2011 Space shuttle Endeavour launches on its final commission in space

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2013 Bill Gates regains his position as the world's richest man with $72.7 billion after losing the position in 2008

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates

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2013 Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation

Pope Francis
  • 2013 Human stem cells are successfully cloned
  • 2014 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations
  • 2015 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46
  • 2017 10-year-old girl granted special 20 week abortion request in Rohtak, India in land-mark case

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2018 Painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall is bought by Sean Combs for $21.1 million, most paid for a living African American atist

Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy