On This Day

On This Day in History for May 16 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1969 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • 1971 US 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • 1971 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • 1972 Phillies' Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Veteran's Stadium
  • 1974 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
  • 1974 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1975 India annexes Principality of Sikkim
  • 1975 Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest
  • 1977 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in NYC
  • 1980 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
  • 1982 Columbia moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating in preparation for STS-4
  • 1982 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep
  • 1983 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • 1983 Sudan People's Liberation Army and Movement rebels against the Sudanese government

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1983 Chinese American architect I. M. Pei is awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in New York

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • 1984 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution

  • 1984 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
  • 1986 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election

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1986 South African President P. W. Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1986 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
  • 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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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

Meeting of InterestMikhail Kalashnikov Meets Eugene Stoner

1990 Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creators of the M16 rifle and the AK-47 rifle respectively, meet in Washington, D.C.

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The inventor of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov (right), meets the inventor of the M-16, Eugene Stoner (left)
The inventor of the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov (right), meets the inventor of the M-16, Eugene Stoner (left)
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  • 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
  • 1992 Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock
  • 1992 US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • 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
  • 1995 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier
  • 1997 Final agreement creating Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) signed by project participants, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • 2003 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in terrorist attacks
  • 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.

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2007 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh
  • 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

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates

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2013 Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation

  • 2013 Human stem cells are successfully cloned
  • 2017 10-year-old girl granted special 20 week abortion request in Rohtak, India in land-mark case
  • 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
  • 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"

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2019 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

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

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • 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 Gaza in Israeli airstrikes and three building flattened [1]

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