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16th of May 0218 EVENT Julia Maesa, aunt of the assassinated Caracalla, is banished to her home in Syria by the self-proclaimed emperor Macrinus and declares her 14-year old grandson Elagabalus, emperor of Rome.
16th of May 1204 EVENT Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
16th of May 1527 EVENT The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic.
16th of May 1532 EVENT Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.
16th of May 1568 EVENT Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
16th of May 1770 EVENT 14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.
16th of May 1771 EVENT 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.
16th of May 1811 EVENT Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.
16th of May 1822 EVENT Greek War of Independence: The Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
16th of May 1843 EVENT The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
16th of May 1866 EVENT The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
16th of May 1868 EVENT President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
16th of May 1874 EVENT A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
16th of May 1877 EVENT May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
16th of May 1914 EVENT The first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final is played. Brooklyn Field Club defeats Brooklyn Celtic 2-1.
16th of May 1918 EVENT The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
16th of May 1919 EVENT A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
16th of May 1920 EVENT In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.
16th of May 1929 EVENT In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
16th of May 1943 EVENT Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.
16th of May 1948 EVENT Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel.
16th of May 1951 EVENT The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
16th of May 1960 EVENT Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
16th of May 1961 EVENT Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'etat to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.
16th of May 1966 EVENT The Communist Party of China issues the "May 16 Notice", marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
16th of May 1969 EVENT Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
16th of May 1974 EVENT Josip Broz Tito is re-elected president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This time he is elected for life.
16th of May 1975 EVENT India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favor of merging with India.
16th of May 1975 EVENT Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
16th of May 1983 EVENT Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
16th of May 1986 EVENT The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
16th of May 1988 EVENT A report by United States' Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
16th of May 1991 EVENT Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addressed a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
16th of May 2003 EVENT In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
16th of May 2005 EVENT Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
16th of May 1490 BIRTHDAY Duke Albert of Prussia (d. 1568)
16th of May 1578 BIRTHDAY Everard Digby, English conspirator (d. 1606)
16th of May 1611 BIRTHDAY Pope Innocent XI (d. 1689)
16th of May 1710 BIRTHDAY William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician (d. 1782)
16th of May 1718 BIRTHDAY Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)
16th of May 1763 BIRTHDAY Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, French pharmacist (d. 1829)
16th of May 1788 BIRTHDAY Friedrich Ruckert, German Poet, Translator and Orientalist (d. 1866)
16th of May 1801 BIRTHDAY William H. Seward, American politician and diplomat (d. 1872)
16th of May 1821 BIRTHDAY Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (d. 1894)
16th of May 1824 BIRTHDAY Levi P. Morton, 22nd United States Vice President (d. 1920)
16th of May 1827 BIRTHDAY Pierre Cuypers, Dutch architect (d. 1921)
16th of May 1831 BIRTHDAY David E. Hughes, British inventor and musician (d. 1900)
16th of May 1845 BIRTHDAY Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, Russian microbiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1916)
16th of May 1861 BIRTHDAY Herman Webster Mudgett, American serial killer (d. 1896)
16th of May 1891 BIRTHDAY Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (d. 1948)
16th of May 1897 BIRTHDAY Zvi Sliternik, Israeli entomologist (d. 1994)
16th of May 1898 BIRTHDAY Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (d. 1980)
16th of May 1898 BIRTHDAY Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (d. 1956)
16th of May 1905 BIRTHDAY Henry Fonda, American actor (d. 1982)
16th of May 1906 BIRTHDAY Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (d. 2001)
16th of May 1906 BIRTHDAY Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
16th of May 1906 BIRTHDAY Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
16th of May 1909 BIRTHDAY Margaret Sullavan, American actress (d. 1960)
16th of May 1910 BIRTHDAY Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
16th of May 1910 BIRTHDAY Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (d. 1972)
16th of May 1912 BIRTHDAY Studs Terkel, American writer (d. 2008)
16th of May 1913 BIRTHDAY Woody Herman, American musician and band leader (d. 1987)
16th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author (d. 2009)
16th of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Adriana Caselotti, American actress (d. 1997)
16th of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (d. 2010)
16th of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Ephraim Katzir, Israeli politician (d. 2009)
16th of May 1917 BIRTHDAY Juan Rulfo, Mexican novelist (d. 1986)
16th of May 1917 BIRTHDAY James C. Murray, American politician (d. 1999)
16th of May 1917 BIRTHDAY George Gaynes, American actor
16th of May 1918 BIRTHDAY Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)
16th of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Liberace, American pianist (d. 1987)
16th of May 1919 BIRTHDAY Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (d. 2004)
16th of May 1920 BIRTHDAY Martine Carol, French actress (d. 1967)
16th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Harry Carey, Jr., American actor
16th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY S. Neil Fujita, American graphic designer (d. 2010)
16th of May 1923 BIRTHDAY Victoria Fromkin, American linguist (d. 2000)
16th of May 1923 BIRTHDAY Merton Miller, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
16th of May 1923 BIRTHDAY Peter Underwood, English parapsychologist
16th of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Bobbejaan Schoepen, Belgian entertainer (d. 2010)
16th of May 1926 BIRTHDAY Ronald Podrow, British peace activist (d. 2004)
16th of May 1927 BIRTHDAY Nilton Santos, Brazilian footballer
16th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Billy Martin, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)
16th of May 1929 BIRTHDAY John Conyers, American politician
16th of May 1929 BIRTHDAY Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
16th of May 1929 BIRTHDAY Adrienne Rich, American writer
16th of May 1930 BIRTHDAY Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist (d. 2000)
16th of May 1930 BIRTHDAY Betty Carter, American jazz singer (d. 1998)
16th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director
16th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Hana Brady, Polish Holocaust victim (d. 1944)
16th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Natwar Singh, Indian politician
16th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., American politician
16th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Jack Dodson, American actor (d. 1994)
16th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Roy Hudd, English radio and television actor
16th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Karl Lehmann, German Catholic cardinal
16th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Yvonne Craig, American actress
16th of May 1943 BIRTHDAY Marko Kravos, Slovenian poet
16th of May 1943 BIRTHDAY Dan Coats, American politician, junior senator of Indiana
16th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Billy Cobham, American drummer
16th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Danny Trejo, American actor
16th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Nicky Chinn, English songwriter (Sweet, Suzi Quatro)
16th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Alan Flusser, American clothing designer
16th of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Roger Earl, English rock drummer (Savoy Brown, Foghat)
16th of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Robert Fripp, English guitarist (King Crimson)
16th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Bob Edwards, American newscaster
16th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Bill Smitrovich, American actor
16th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Katia Dandoulaki, Greek actress
16th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Judy Finnegan, English TV presenter (Richard & Judy)
16th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Adrian Legg, English guitarist
16th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Jesper Christensen, Danish actor
16th of May 1950 BIRTHDAY J. Georg Bednorz, German physicist, Nobel laureate
16th of May 1950 BIRTHDAY Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician (d. 2004)
16th of May 1951 BIRTHDAY Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer
16th of May 1951 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Richman, American Protopunk singer and musician (The Modern Lovers)
16th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY James Herndon, American media psychologist
16th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor
16th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Kitanoumi Toshimitsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 55th Yokozuna
16th of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Dafydd Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut
16th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Olga Korbut, Belarussian gymnast
16th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Jack Morris, American baseball player
16th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Hazel O'Connor, English singer
16th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Debra Winger, American actress
16th of May 1957 BIRTHDAY Yuri Shevchuk, Russian singer and head of Russian band DDT
16th of May 1958 BIRTHDAY Gitane Demone, American Goth singer
16th of May 1958 BIRTHDAY Glenn Gregory, British musician (Heaven 17)
16th of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Mare Winningham, American actress
16th of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Landon Deireragea, Nauruan politician
16th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Kevin McDonald, Canadian comedian and actor
16th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Charles Wright, American professional wrestler
16th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
16th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Jon Coffelt, American artist
16th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Edit Berces, Hungarian marathon runner
16th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Boyd Tinsley, American musician (Dave Matthews Band)
16th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY John Salley, American basketball player
16th of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Krist Novoselic, American musician and author
16th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Janet Jackson, American singer
16th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Scott Reeves, American actor and singer
16th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Thurman Thomas, American football player
16th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Ralph Tresvant, American singer (New Edition)
16th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Chingmy Yau, Hong Kong actress
16th of May 1969 BIRTHDAY David Boreanaz, American actor
16th of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Tracey Gold, American actress
16th of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Tucker Carlson, American television commentator
16th of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Steve Lewis, American athlete
16th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Danielle Spencer, Australian singer and actress
16th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player
16th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
16th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Derek Mears, American actor
16th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Christian Califano, French rugby player
16th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Khary Payton, American actor
16th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Special Ed, American rapper
16th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Tori Spelling, American actress
16th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Jason Acuna, American television personality
16th of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
16th of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)
16th of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Adam Richman, American actor and television personality
16th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
16th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Tonex, American singer
16th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Dirk Nannes, Dutch-born Australian cricketer
16th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Brian Langtry, American lacrosse player
16th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Emiliana Torrini Icelandic singer and songwriter
16th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Canadian ice hockey player
16th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Dolcenera, Italian singer
16th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Melanie Lynskey, New Zealand actress
16th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY David Ford, English singer and songwriter
16th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Lionel Scaloni, Argentine footballer
16th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY McKenzie Lee, English pornographic actress
16th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Mikel Alonso, Spanish footballer
16th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player
16th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Melanie Lofton, American journalist
16th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Jim Sturgess, English actor
16th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Taavi Rahn, Estonian footballer
16th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Billy Crawford, Filipino singer and musician
16th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Joo Ji Hoon, Korean actor and model
16th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Hanna Marien, Belgian athlete
16th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY ?ukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player
16th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
16th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Daniel Kerr, Australian football player (AFL)
16th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player
16th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Mickie Knuckles, American professional wrestler
16th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Dario Cvitanich, Argentinian footballer
16th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Jensen Lewis, American baseball player
16th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Cafe, Brazilian footballer
16th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Stanislav Ianevski, Bulgarian actor
16th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
16th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Anja Mittag, German footballer
16th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Okura Tadayoshi, Japanese singer (Kanjani Eight)
16th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Andy Keogh, Irish footballer
16th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Megan Fox, American actress
16th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Tom Onslow-Cole, British racing driver
16th of May 1990 BIRTHDAY Thomas Sangster, English actor
16th of May 1991 BIRTHDAY Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgarian tennis player
16th of May 1992 BIRTHDAY Jeff Skinner, Canadian ice hockey player
16th of May 1993 BIRTHDAY Lee Ji-eun, Korean singer also known as IU
16th of May 1994 BIRTHDAY Miles Heizer, American actor
16th of May 1998 BIRTHDAY Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
16th of May 0583 DEATH Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (Born 484)
16th of May 1265 DEATH Saint Simon Stock, English saint (Born 1165)
16th of May 1569 DEATH Dirk Willems, Anabaptist Martyr
16th of May 1620 DEATH William Adams, English navigator (Born 1564)
16th of May 1657 DEATH Andrzej Bobola, Polish Jesuit missionary (Born 1591)
16th of May 1667 DEATH Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, English statesman (Born 1607)
16th of May 1669 DEATH Pietro da Cortona, Italian architect (Born 1596)
16th of May 1691 DEATH Jacob Leisler, American colonist (Born 1640)
16th of May 1703 DEATH Charles Perrault, French author (Born 1628)
16th of May 1778 DEATH Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat (Born 1718)
16th of May 1782 DEATH Daniel Solander, Swedish botanist (Born 1736)
16th of May 1790 DEATH Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician (Born 1720)
16th of May 1830 DEATH Joseph Fourier, French scientist (Born 1768)
16th of May 1882 DEATH Reuben Chapman, American lawyer and politician (Born 1799)
16th of May 1891 DEATH Ion Bratianu, Romanian statesman (Born 1821)
16th of May 1913 DEATH Louis Perrier, member of the Swiss Federal Council (Born 1849)
16th of May 1920 DEATH Levi P. Morton, 22nd United States Vice President (Born 1824)
16th of May 1926 DEATH Mehmed VI, last Ottoman Sultan (Born 1861)
16th of May 1943 DEATH Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (Born 1865)
16th of May 1944 DEATH George Ade, American author (Born 1866)
16th of May 1947 DEATH Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, Nobel laureate (Born 1861)
16th of May 1953 DEATH Django Reinhardt, Belgian musician (Born 1910)
16th of May 1954 DEATH Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Born 1893)
16th of May 1955 DEATH James Agee, American writer (Born 1909)
16th of May 1956 DEATH H. B. Reese, American confectioner, founder of Reese's (Born 1876)
16th of May 1957 DEATH Eliot Ness, American federal agent (Born 1903)
16th of May 1959 DEATH Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (Born 1894)
16th of May 1961 DEATH George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (Born 1881)
16th of May 1969 DEATH Robert R., American teenager, first confirmed death from AIDS in North America (Born 1954)
16th of May 1975 DEATH Al Helfer, American radio sportscaster (Born 1911)
16th of May 1979 DEATH A. Philip Randolph, American civil rights activist and labor union leader (Born 1889)
16th of May 1981 DEATH Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (Born 1922)
16th of May 1984 DEATH Irwin Shaw, American author (Born 1913)
16th of May 1984 DEATH Andy Kaufman, American comedian (Born 1949)
16th of May 1985 DEATH Margaret Hamilton, American actress (Born 1902)
16th of May 1988 DEATH Charles Keeping, English illustrator (Born 1924)
16th of May 1988 DEATH George Pyrounakis, Greek Orthodox theologian and priest (Born 1910)
16th of May 1990 DEATH Sammy Davis, Jr., American entertainer (Born 1925)
16th of May 1990 DEATH Jim Henson, American puppeteer (Born 1936)
16th of May 1992 DEATH Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (Born 1960)
16th of May 1993 DEATH Marv Johnson, American R&B and soul singer (Born 1938)
16th of May 1996 DEATH Jeremy Michael Boorda, American admiral (Born 1939)
16th of May 1997 DEATH Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (Born 1903)
16th of May 2000 DEATH Bodacious the Bull, rodeo bull (Born 1988)
16th of May 2001 DEATH Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (Born 1944)
16th of May 2002 DEATH Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (Born 1899)
16th of May 2002 DEATH Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (Born 1968)
16th of May 2003 DEATH Mark McCormack, American businessman (Born 1930)
16th of May 2008 DEATH David Mitton, British television director (Born 1939)
16th of May 2008 DEATH Robert Mondavi, American winemaker (Born 1913)
16th of May 2010 DEATH Ronnie James Dio, American heavy metal vocalist (Born 1942)
16th of May 2010 DEATH Hank Jones, American jazz pianist (Born 1918)

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