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, 459,072 hours 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

  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
  • 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.
  • 1822
    Greek War of Independence: The Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
  • 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.
  • 1929
    In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
  • 1975
    Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

Who were born on May 16?

  • 1906
    Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1909
    Margaret Sullavan, American actress (d. 1960)
  • 1921
    S. Neil Fujita, American graphic designer (d. 2010)
  • 1943
    Dan Coats, American politician, junior senator of Indiana
  • 1950
    J. Georg Bednorz, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1955
    Hazel O'Connor, English singer
  • 1973
    Tori Spelling, American actress
  • 1984
    Mickie Knuckles, American professional wrestler
  • 1985
    Café, Brazilian footballer
  • 1990
    Thomas Sangster, English actor

Who died on May 16?

  • 1667
    Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, English statesman (b. 1607)
  • 1669
    Pietro da Cortona, Italian architect (b. 1596)
  • 1790
    Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician (b. 1720)
  • 1944
    George Ade, American author (b. 1866)
  • 1956
    H. B. Reese, American confectioner, founder of Reese’s (b. 1876)
  • 1969
    Robert R., American AIDS victim (b. 1954)
  • 1975
    Al Helfer, American radio sportscaster (b. 1911)
  • 1984
    Irwin Shaw, American author (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    Robert Mondavi, American winemaker (b. 1913)
  • 2011
    Edward Hardwicke, English actor (b. 1932)

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