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 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.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 3, 2024 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,596,960 minutes 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 ‘hectatriacontaheptagon’ day.

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 258 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 4,164 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.
  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1953
    American journalist William N. Oatis is released after serving 22 months of a ten-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechslovakia.
  • 1961
    Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 16?

  • 1763
    Louis Nicolas Vauquelin, French pharmacist (d. 1829)
  • 1831
    David E. Hughes, British inventor and musician (d. 1900)
  • 1916
    Adriana Caselotti, American actress (d. 1997)
  • 1919
    Liberace, American pianist (d. 1987)
  • 1931
    Hana Brady, Polish Holocaust victim (d. 1944)
  • 1943
    Marko Kravos, Slovenian poet
  • 1964
    Edit Berces, Hungarian marathon runner
  • 1972
    Derek Mears, American actor
  • 1985
    Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Andy Keogh, Irish footballer

Who died on May 16?

  • 1657
    Andrzej Bobola, Polish Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)
  • 1691
    Jacob Leisler, American colonist (b. 1640)
  • 1954
    Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (b. 1893)
  • 1957
    Eliot Ness, American federal agent (b. 1903)
  • 1984
    Andy Kaufman, American comedian (b. 1949)
  • 1984
    Irwin Shaw, American author (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • 2008
    David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    Hank Jones, American jazz pianist (b. 1918)
  • 2011
    Edward Hardwicke, English actor (b. 1932)

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