This Day In History – May 16th


This Day In History – May 16th

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Each day of the week we look in the rear view mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 16th in the past.

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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history

1770 – Marie Antoinette married future King Louis XVI of France

1792 – Denmark abolished the slave trade

1860 – In Chicago at the Republican convention, Abraham Lincoln was selected as the party’s candidate for President

1866 – Pharmacist Charles E. Hires created Hires Root Beer

1868 – President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote

1869 – The Cincinnati Reds played their 1st baseball game, winning 41-7

1879 – The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England set up the Afghan state

1881 – World’s 1st electric tram enters service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)

1888 – Nikola Tesla delivered a lecture for the first time describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances

1891 – Hormel Food Corporation was founded in Austin, Minnesota

1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 made criticism of the government an imprisonable offense

1920 – Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome

1928 – The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood

1927 – US Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax

1939 – US issued first food stamps in Rochester, New York

1946 – “Annie Get Your Gun”, a musical by Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields opened at Imperial Theater in NYC, starring Ethel Merman and featuring the forever etched in our heads song, “There’s no Business Like Show Business”

1948 – Chaim Weizmann elected 1st President of Israel

1951 – The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights began between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines

1951 – Chinese Communist Forces launched a second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gained up to 20 miles of territory

1954 – Returning from a broken collarbone injury, Ted Williams hads 8 hits in his first game back as (DH)

1955 – Rocky Marciano beat Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

1960 – Theodore Maiman operated the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California

1963 – After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury

1964 – Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1965 – SpaghettiO’s hit the market from Campbell Soup’s Franco-American brand

1969 – The US nuclear sub Guitarro sunks off San Francisco

1969 – Russian space proboe Venera 5 landed on Venus and sent data back to Earth on the planet’s atmosphere

1972 – Slugger Greg Luzinski hit his 500th HR, it hit the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia’s old Veteran’s Stadium

1974 – Helmut Schmidt became the new West German Chancellor

1975 – Muhammad Ali beat Ron Lyle in 11 round by TKO to win the heavyweight boxing title

1977 – Muhammad Ali beat Alfredo Evangelist in 15 round to win the heavyweight boxing title

1981 – Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes” hit #1 on the pop charts and stayed there for the next 9 weeks

1984 – From the Purple Rain Soundtrack, Prince’s “When Doves Cry” was released and would go on to become Billboard’s song of the year

1985 – Be like Mike, Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

1986 – “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise premiered

1988 – Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared that nicotine was as addictive as heroin or cocaine
1988 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage

2013 – Human stem cells are successfully cloned

1804 – Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, founder of the first U.S. kindergarten

1824 – Edmund Kirby-Smith, Confederate general during the American Civil War

1919 – Liberace, passed in 1987

1905 – Henry Fonda, passed in 1982

1912 – Studs Terkel, author and historian, passed in 2008

1913 – Woody Herman, jazz bandleader, passed in 1987

1929 – Betty Carter, jazz singer.

1944 – Danny Trejo, American actor
1949 – Rick Reuschel, baseball player
1953 – Pierce Brosnan, actor and producer
1955 – Debra Winger, actress

1955 – Olga Korbut, Olympic gymnast

1966 – Janet Jackson
1969 – Tucker Carlson, journalist, co-founded The Daily Caller

1973 – Tori Spelling, actress, reality television personality, and author

1974 – Laura Pausini, singer-songwriter and producer

1977 – Melanie Lynskey, actress

1986 – Megan Fox, actress


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