About May 16

May 16, 2020 is the 137th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 229 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 272 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.
  • 1532
    Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.
  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
  • 1770
    14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.
  • 1811
    Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.
  • 1866
    The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
  • 1920
    In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 1983
    Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

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