On This Day

Historical Events on May 16 (Part 2)

  • 1988 US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant

Meeting of Interest

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

  • 1990 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • 1991 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (fictional Superman character)

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Square, 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 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

Baseball Record

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

  • 1997 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • 1997 Brandi Sherwood (Miss Idaho) replaces Brook Lee as Miss USA when Brook is crowned Miss Universe
  • 1997 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of USA crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • 1997 MLB Montreal Expos trailing San Francisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • 1997 MLB St Louis Cardinal Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hit
  • 1997 Final agreement creating Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) signed by project participants, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • 1998 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

Film Premier

2001 "Mulholland Drive", directed by David Lynch, starring Justin Theroux and Naomi Watts, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film Release

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
  • 2003 Calcutta high court rules Calcutta does not have a birthday and that British East India employee Job Charnock is not the city's founder as previously claimed
  • 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.

Historic Event

2007 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

Election of Interest

2009 India's General Election results announced: the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) under Manmohan Singh returned with an increased mandate

  • 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
  • 2010 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Elise Perry with 3 for 18 off 4 overs leads Australia (106/8) to 3 run victory over New Zealand 103/6
  • 2011 Space shuttle Endeavour launches on its final commission in space

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

2013 Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation

  • 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

Music History

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

  • 2019 UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies
  • 2019 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
  • 2019 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

Film & TV History

2019 Last episode of TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco after 12 seasons

  • 2019 South African Saray Khumalo is the first black African woman to climb Mt Evervest
  • 2019 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces he is running for president, the 24th Democrat to run
  • 2019 New DNA research showing bedbugs are older than humans - 115 million years old and outlived dinosaurs, published in "Current Biology"

Historic Event

2019 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over IT threats, banning US companies from using foreign technology without a license

Film Premier

2019 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Historic Event

2020 118-year old American department store JC Penney files for bankruptcy

  • 2021 Taiwan imposes tough restrictions against COVID-19 as a recent spike in cases threatens their up-to-now pandemic success [1]
  • 2021 Death toll passes 200 from Gaza conflict as 42 people killed in Israeli airstrikes and three building flattened [1]