About May 16

May 16, 2024 is the 137th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 229 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 258 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 16

  • 218
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1866
    The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
  • 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).
  • 1914
    The first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final is played. Brooklyn Field Club defeats Brooklyn Celtic 2-1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
  • 1975
    India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favor of merging with India.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.

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