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    • May 16, 1204 "Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned first Emperor of the Latin Empire."

    • May 16, 1527 Florence becomes a republic

    • May 16, 1527 The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes a republic.

    • May 16, 1532 Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor

    • May 16, 1547 Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg

    • May 16, 1568 Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England

    • May 16, 1568 Mary Queen of Scots flees to England.

    • May 16, 1571 "Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM"

    • May 16, 1584 7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond/Blokker/St-Pietersdal

    • May 16, 1605 Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI becomes Paul V

    • May 16, 1605 Paul V becomes Pope.

    • May 16, 1606 "2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia"

    • May 16, 1648 Battle at Z�lty Wody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks beat John Casimir

    • May 16, 1747 Prince Willem V sworn in as Admiral-General of Netherlands

    • May 16, 1763 Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer James Boswell in London

    • May 16, 1770 14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.

    • May 16, 1770 Marie Antoinette (age 14) marries the future King Louis VI of France (age 15)

    • May 16, 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."

    • May 16, 1777 "Lachlan McIntosh and Button Gwinnett shoot each other during a duel near Savannah, Georgia. Gwinnett, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, dies three days later."

    • May 16, 1791 "Near Moodus, Connecticut, the largest historical earthquake in Connecticut occurred"

    • May 16, 1792 Denmark abolishes slave trade

    • May 16, 1795 Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state

    • May 16, 1796 Lombardije Republic forms

    • May 16, 1803 "Britain and France renew war, the French complete their occupation of Hanover, and they threaten to invade England from Boulogne, where they begin to assemble an invasion fleet"

    • May 16, 1803 Peace of Amiens ends

    • May 16, 1804 Senate & Tribune declare Napolean leader of France

    • May 16, 1811 "Peninsular War - Allies (Spain, Portugal & Britain) defeat French at the Battle of Albuera."

    • May 16, 1811 Peninsular War-Allies defeat French at Albuera

    • May 16, 1817 Mississippi River steamboat service begins

    • May 16, 1836 Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia.

    • May 16, 1843 "The first major wagon train heading for the Northwest sets out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri on the Oregon Trail."

    • May 16, 1861 Confederate Government offers war volunteers $10 premium

    • May 16, 1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality

    • May 16, 1862 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds first automobile

    • May 16, 1863 Battle of Champion's Hill MS-bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign

    • May 16, 1864 "Atlanta Campaign-battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)"

    • May 16, 1864 Battle of Bermuda Hundred VA

    • May 16, 1864 "Last battles at Drewry's Bluff VA (6,666 casualties)"

    • May 16, 1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer

    • May 16, 1866 Congress authorizes nickel 5� piece (replaces silver half-dime)

    • May 16, 1866 The U S Congress authorizes the minting of a 5-cent coin The nickel is born

    • May 16, 1866 "The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel."

    • May 16, 1868 The U S Senate falls one vote short of convicting President Andrew Johnson of one of the 11 articles of impeachment against him

    • May 16, 1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for first time

    • May 16, 1874 A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroyed much of four villages and killed 139 people.

    • May 16, 1874 The first recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg MA)

    • May 16, 1875 "Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000"

    • May 16, 1877 "May 16, 1877 political crisis in France."

    • May 16, 1879 Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia & English

    • May 16, 1881 World's first elec tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)

    • May 16, 1888 "CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver British Columbia"

    • May 16, 1891 George A Hormel & Company introduce Spam

    • May 16, 1909 "In North Dakota a 5.5 quake occurred, the largest historical earthquake in the state"

    • May 16, 1910 US Bureau of Mines forms

    • May 16, 1911 "Zeppelin ""Deutscheland"" wrecked at Dusseldorf"

    • May 16, 1918 "The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government a jailable offense."

    • May 16, 1919 "US Navy Naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight."

    • May 16, 1920 "In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc as a saint."

    • May 16, 1920 Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) canonized a saint in Rome

    • May 16, 1920 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull

    • May 16, 1922 White Star Line Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage

    • May 16, 1927 Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax

    • May 16, 1929 "In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out."

    • May 16, 1929 The first-ever Academy Awards are presented at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

    • May 16, 1930 6th Walker Cup: US 10-Great Britain/Ireland 2

    • May 16, 1936 62nd Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59

    • May 16, 1936 The first British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France

    • May 16, 1938 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta GA)

    • May 16, 1938 "A fire at the Terminal Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, kills 35 people."

    • May 16, 1938 "In cricket Bradman scores 278 Australia vs MCC, 349 minutes, 35 fours 1 six"

    • May 16, 1938 The first animal breeding society forms (New Jersey)

    • May 16, 1939 Food stamps are first issued

    • May 16, 1940 Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers

    • May 16, 1941 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia

    • May 16, 1941 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)

    • May 16, 1941 Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT)

    • May 16, 1942 The first transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma

    • May 16, 1943 German troops destroy synagogue of Warsaw

    • May 16, 1943 Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.

    • May 16, 1943 Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting

    • May 16, 1943 "Nazi officer Jergen Stroop reports to his superiors that the Warsaw ghetto is no longer in existence. According to his calculations 7,000 Jews have been killed in street fighting, 30,000 have been deported to Treblinka and 5-6,000 have perished in flames."

    • May 16, 1943 RAF bombs M�hne & Eder (Battle of Ruhr)

    • May 16, 1944 Military police attack gypsies

    • May 16, 1944 "Rabbi Weissmandl sends out pleas to bomb camp and rail lines - based on his ""Auschwitz Protocol"" - a 31 page report from escapees' eyewitness accounts of Rudolph Verba and Alfred Wetzler."

    • May 16, 1944 "The first of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz"

    • May 16, 1945 9th Division lands at Brunei

    • May 16, 1945 Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa

    • May 16, 1946 The Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun opens

    • May 16, 1948 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece

    • May 16, 1948 Chaim Weizmann elected first President of Israel

    • May 16, 1948 Chaim Weizmann is elected as the first President of Israel.

    • May 16, 1948 Egyptians enter the Gaza

    • May 16, 1948 Israel issues its first postage stamps

    • May 16, 1951 "The first regularly-scheduled transatlantic flights begin between New York and London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines."

    • May 16, 1955 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown

    • May 16, 1956 Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China

    • May 16, 1957 "Major Irwin, USAF flies a Lockheed Starfighter to a record 1,404.18 MPH"

    • May 16, 1957 "US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton CT"

    • May 16, 1958 "Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico"

    • May 16, 1958 "Walter Irwin flies 2,259 KPH in F-104A Starfighter"

    • May 16, 1960 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US

    • May 16, 1960 Nikita Khrushchev demands an apology from US President Dwight D. Eisenhower for U-2 spy plane flights over the Soviet Union thus ending a Big Four summit in Paris.

    • May 16, 1960 "Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California."

    • May 16, 1961 "13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck"

    • May 16, 1963 "Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Project Mercury"

    • May 16, 1965 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam

    • May 16, 1965 Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.

    • May 16, 1965 Spaghetti-O's first sold

    • May 16, 1966 "Beach Boys' ""Pet Sounds"" is released"

    • May 16, 1966 National Welfare Rights Organization begins

    • May 16, 1966 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

    • May 16, 1967 Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium

    • May 16, 1967 The city Jerusalem is taken over by the nation of Israel

    • May 16, 1968 Battle for Fire Support Base CORAL in Vietnam

    • May 16, 1968 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan

    • May 16, 1968 "Honshu, Japan a7.0 quake killed 47 people, 281 injured, and $131 million property damage was sustained."

    • May 16, 1969 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam

    • May 16, 1969 The Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault

    • May 16, 1969 "Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere"

    • May 16, 1970 """Grover Henson Feels Forgotten"" by Bill Cosby hits #70"

    • May 16, 1970 Number one hit on UK music charts - England World Cup Squad - Back Home

    • May 16, 1971 Bulgaria adopts it's constitution

    • May 16, 1971 First class postage now costs 8� (was 6�)

    • May 16, 1973 AC Milan wins 13th Europe Cup II in Saloniki

    • May 16, 1973 Zimbian troops kill two Canadian women at Rhodesian (Zimbabwe) border; believed they were saboteurs.

    • May 16, 1974 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German chancellor

    • May 16, 1974 Josip Broz Tito was re-elected as president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This time he was elected for life.

    • May 16, 1975 India annexes Principality of Sikkim

    • May 16, 1975 India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state held a referendum where popular vote was in favour of merging with India.

    • May 16, 1975 Japanese Junko Tabei became first woman to reach Mount Everest's summit

    • May 16, 1975 Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

    • May 16, 1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

    • May 16, 1975 "Wings release ""Listen to What the Man Said"" in UK"

    • May 16, 1977 5 die as New York Airway helicopter topples on the Pan Am Building in NYC

    • May 16, 1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavywgt boxing title

    • May 16, 1979 FC Barcelona wins 19th Europe Cup II in Basel

    • May 16, 1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

    • May 16, 1980 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes

    • May 16, 1981 """Bette Davis Eyes"" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks"

    • May 16, 1981 Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson

    • May 16, 1982 Columbia moves to Vandenberg Air Force Base for mating in preparation for STS-4

    • May 16, 1982 Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Republic

    • May 16, 1983 Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel

    • May 16, 1983 Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebelled against the Sudanese government

    • May 16, 1984 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution

    • May 16, 1984 Juventus wins 24th Europe Cup II in Basel

    • May 16, 1984 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

    • May 16, 1985 "Actress Margaret Hamilton, who portrayed the Wicked witch of the West in the MGM film The Wizard of Oz, dies of a heart attack at age 82"

    • May 16, 1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

    • May 16, 1986 """Top Gun"" premieres"

    • May 16, 1986 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas

    • May 16, 1986 Joaqu�n Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Republic parliamentary election

    • May 16, 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."

    • May 16, 1987 """Bobro 400"", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, set sail from New York, beginning an unsuccesful 8-week search for a dumping site"

    • May 16, 1987 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in Los Angeles

    • May 16, 1987 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

    • May 16, 1988 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.

    • May 16, 1988 Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin

    • May 16, 1988 The U S Supreme Court rules that police can search discarded garbage without a search warrant

    • May 16, 1989 "Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing, ending a 30-year rift between the two Communist powers"

    • May 16, 1990 Dominican Republic President Joaqu�n Ricardo Balaguer re-elected

    • May 16, 1990 "St.-Amable Quebec, fire breaks out at Quebec's largest tire dump (3 million tires) near Montreal; rages for four days before being put out."

    • May 16, 1991 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to address the U S Congress

    • May 16, 1992 """Smells Like Nirvana"" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35"

    • May 16, 1992 "Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock"

    • May 16, 1992 STS-49: Space Shuttle Endeavour lands safely after a successful maiden voyage.

    • May 16, 1993 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull

    • May 16, 1993 Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head

    • May 16, 1993 S�leyman Demirel elected President of Turkey

    • May 16, 1994 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment

    • May 16, 1994 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic

    • May 16, 1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana

    • May 16, 1995 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier

    • May 16, 1997 "Brandi Sherwood, (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA"

    • May 16, 2003 "In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks."

    • May 16, 2004 "The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100.000 Ukrainian civilians."

    • May 16, 2005 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

    • May 16, 2006 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.

    • May 16, 2008 "Lehman announces it is cutting 1,400 jobs, or about 5% of its work force."







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