About May 16

May 16, 2021 is the 136th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 229 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 261 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 16

  • 1204
    Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
  • 1527
    The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic.
  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
  • 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.
  • 1822
    Greek War of Independence: The Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
  • 1843
    The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
  • 1866
    The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
  • 1891
    The International Electro-Technical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world’s first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electrical current (the most common form today).
  • 1914
    The first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final is played. Brooklyn Field Club defeats Brooklyn Celtic 2-1.
  • 1919
    A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
  • 1929
    In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
  • 1943
    Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.
  • 1951
    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.
  • 1966
    The Communist Party of China issues the “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
  • 1969
    Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
  • 1983
    Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    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.
  • 2003
    In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
  • 2005
    Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

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