What happened this day in history May 16

What are the important events that happened on May 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 16 is the 136th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 229 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 3, 2022 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,652,659,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontahexagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac 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 251 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,433 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 16 Historical Events

  • 1527
    The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 16?

  • 1611
    Pope Innocent XI (d. 1689)
  • 1910
    Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1914
    Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1929
    Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • 1946
    Robert Fripp, English guitarist (King Crimson)
  • 1954
    Dafydd Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut
  • 1977
    Melanie Lynskey, New Zealand actress
  • 1985
    Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Stanislav Ianevski, Bulgarian actor
  • 1998
    Ariel Waller, Canadian actress

Who died on May 16?

  • 583
    Saint Brendan, Irish navigator (b. 484)
  • 1954
    Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (b. 1893)
  • 1955
    James Agee, American writer (b. 1909)
  • 1959
    Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 1969
    Robert R., American AIDS victim (b. 1954)
  • 1984
    Irwin Shaw, American author (b. 1913)
  • 1990
    Sammy Davis, Jr., American entertainer (b. 1925)
  • 1996
    Jeremy Michael Boorda, American admiral (b. 1939)
  • 2002
    Alec Campbell, Australian soldier (b. 1899)
  • 2011
    Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)

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