Historical Events on 16th May

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955 - Alberich II, (bastard?) son of Octavianus elected pope
1165 - Ramjbam & his family reach Acre Palestine
1204 - Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders, is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople.
1527 - Florence becomes a republic
1532 - Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor
1547 - Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg
1568 - Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England
1571 - Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM
1584 - 7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond/Blokker/St-Pietersdal
1605 - Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI becomes Paul V
1606 - 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia
1648 - Battle at Zolty Wody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks beat John Casimir
1747 - Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Neth
Astronomer Johannes KeplerAstronomer Johannes Kepler 1763 - Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
1771 - The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
1792 - Denmark abolishes slave trade
1795 - Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state
1796 - Lombardian Republic forms
1803 - Peace of Amiens ends
1804 - French Senate & Tribune declare Napolean leader of France
1811 - Peninsular War: Allies defeat French at Albuera
1815 - The Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, officially names the town of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains.
1817 - Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1822 - Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
US President Abraham LincolnUS President Abraham Lincoln 1860 - -18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate
1861 - Twiggs Surrender, San Antonio, Texas during US Civil war
1861 - Confederate government offers war volunteers $10 premium
1861 - Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
1862 - Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
1863 - Battle of Champion's Hill, MS-bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
1864 - Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)
1864 - Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA
1864 - Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties)
1866 - Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer
1866 - US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)
1868 - Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague
17th US President Andrew Johnson17th US President Andrew Johnson 1868 - By one vote, US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson
1869 - Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
1872 - Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
1874 - 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Mass)
1875 - Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
1877 - May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
1879 - Antonin Dvorák's "Slavic Dancing" premieres
1879 - Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia & English
1881 - World's 1st electric tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
1882 - 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
1884 - 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
1888 - CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1891 - George A Hormel & Co introduce Spam
1894 - Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings
1901 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Priory School" (BG)
1902 - 2 deaf-mutes face each other for 1st time as Dummy Hoy leads off for the Reds against Dummy Taylor of the Giants, Reds win 5-3
1903 - 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George Wymann)
1907 - In the Pact of Cartagena, Great Britain, France, and Spain agree to maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa
1910 - US Bureau of Mines forms
1911 - Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands
1911 - Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf
1914 - American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
1914 - Ewing Field, near Masonic Street, opens
1916 - 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
1918 - The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of ArcFrench Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc 1920 - Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint
1920 - Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
1921 - 47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
1922 - White Star Liner Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage
1924 - 108°F (42°C) in Blitzen Oregon
1925 - 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6
1927 - NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
1927 - Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
1929 - 1st Academy Awards - "Wings", Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins
1930 - 6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2
1931 - 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
1932 - Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston
1933 - Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game
1936 - 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
1936 - 62nd Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59
1938 - 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)
1938 - 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 1938 - In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six
1939 - 1st AL night game, Phila Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
1939 - Food stamps are 1st issued
1940 - Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers
1940 - British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
1941 - 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
1941 - Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
1941 - Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1941 - Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)
1942 - 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma
1943 - -17th] Operation Chastise - the Dambusters Raid; 617 Squadron RAF bombs Möhne & Eder dams (Ruhr valley) with bouncing bombs
1943 - German troops destroy synagogue of Warsaw
1943 - Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting
1944 - 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
1944 - Military police attack gypsies
1945 - Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon, Okinawa
1946 - Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC
1947 - Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics
Jazz Musician Billie HolidayJazz Musician Billie Holiday 1948 - Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion
1948 - CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
1948 - Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel
1948 - Egyptians enter the Gaza
1948 - Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
1951 - The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
1952 - "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
1953 - Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
1954 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams 1954 - Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone
1954 - WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
1955 - Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in SF
1955 - King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
1955 - Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown
1955 - Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
1956 - Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China
1956 - Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky MarcianoHeavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano 1956 - Kraft Theater presents an act from "Profiles in Courage"
1956 - Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australians at the Oval
1957 - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae
1957 - US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton Conn
1957 - Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade
1958 - Maj Irwin, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
1958 - Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
1959 - 85th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
1959 - WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1960 - Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
1960 - Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
1961 - 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win
1963 - "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
1963 - Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury
1964 - 90th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
1964 - USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1964 - Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1965 - "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 perfs
1965 - Balt Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers
1965 - Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam
1965 - Spaghetti-O's 1st sold
1965 - Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
1965 - WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, NY (TEL) begins broadcasting
1965 - The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
1966 - Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released
1966 - National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
1966 - Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
1966 - "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution
1967 - Phila voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium
1968 - Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
1968 - In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra StreisandSinger-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand 1969 - Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute
1969 - Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
1969 - US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF
1969 - USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1969 - Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
1969 - Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault
1970 - 96th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2
1970 - Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70
1971 - 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
1971 - Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych London
Actor/Comedian Bill CosbyActor/Comedian Bill Cosby 1971 - Bulgaria adopts its constitution
1972 - "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 perfs
1972 - Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Phila Vet
1972 - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
1973 - ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
1973 - AC Milan wins 13th Europe Cup II in Saloniki
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
1975 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 - Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
1976 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Phila Flyers in 4 games
1976 - Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
1977 - 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC
1977 - Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1979 - FC Barcelona wins 19th Europe Cup II in Basel
1979 - NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
1980 - 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Phila 76ers, 4 games to 2
1980 - Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 1980 - Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album
1980 - Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
1981 - "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks
1981 - 107th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
1981 - Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1
1982 - "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
1982 - "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 perfs
1982 - Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating in preparation for STS-4
LPGA Golfer Kathy WhitworthLPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth 1982 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1982 - Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep
1982 - Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games
1983 - Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel
1983 - Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
1984 - Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
1984 - Juventus wins 24th Europe Cup II in Basel
1984 - Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer
1984 - US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1984 - Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game
Basketball Superstar Michael JordanBasketball Superstar Michael Jordan 1985 - Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year
1985 - Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
1986 - "Top Gun" premieres
1986 - Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas
1986 - Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election
1986 - South African Pres P W Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
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 - "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 perfs

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