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This Day in History: May 16

What Happened On Your Birthday

What Happend On Today In History

Famous Birthday On May 16

  • 1919 Liberace

    American singer, pianist, actor

  • 1905 Henry Fonda

    American actor, singer, producer

  • 1966 Janet Jackson

    American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, actress

  • 1831 David Edward Hughes

    Welsh/American scientist, co-invented the microphone

  • 1953 Pierce Brosnan

    Irish/American actor, singer, producer

Deaths On May 16

  • 1977 Modibo Keïta

    Malian politician, 1st President of Mali

  • 2012 Maria Bieşu

    Moldovan opera singer

  • 1953 Django Reinhardt

    Belgian guitarist, composer

  • 1990 Jim Henson

    American puppeteer, director, producer, founded The Company

  • 1990 Sammy Davis, Jr.

    American actor, singer, dancer

More Events On May 16

1919 – First Transatlantic Flight

Albert Cushing Read takes off on the first transatlantic flight in history. The crossing from New York State, USA to Lisbon, Portugal on a Curtiss NC-4 flying boat took 19 days.

1920 – Joan of Arc Canonized

Joan of Arc, also known as Jeanne D’arc, is canonized a saint.

1929 – First Academy Awards

The Oscars are awarded for the first time. The first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner with about 270 attendees. Today, it is the world’s most important entertainment awards ceremony.

1943 – Operation Chastise

No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs.

1944 – Hungarian Jews in Auschwitz

The first of over 180,000 Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz during the Holocaust.

1960 – Invention of the Laser

Theodore Maiman fires the first functional laser. The American physicist’s invention, an advancement of earlier research by scientists in the U.S. and the Soviet Union, was patented in 1967.

1966 – The Cultural Revolution in China

The publication of the May 16 notification marks the beginning of the Cultural Revolution in China. The political campaign, initiated by Mao Zedong, lasted ten years and aimed to strengthen communism by removing capitalist, traditional, and cultural elements from Chinese society.

1975 – First Woman to Conquer Mount Everest

Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to conquer Mount Everest, 22 years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit.

1989 – End of Sino-Soviet Split

Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift.

2013 – Cloning of Human Stem Cells

Human stem cells are successfully cloned, offering new possibilities for medical research and treatment.

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