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.
  • 1770
    14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.
  • 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.
  • 1868
    President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
  • 1874
    A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
  • 1877
    May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • 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).
  • 1918
    The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.
  • 1948
    Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel.
  • 1953
    American journalist William N. Oatis is released after serving 22 months of a ten-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechslovakia.
  • 1960
    Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • 1966
    The Communist Party of China issues the “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
  • 1974
    Josip Broz Tito is re-elected president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This time he is elected for life.
  • 1975
    India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favor of merging with India.
  • 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.

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