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1970Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

1989Soviet president Mikhail S Gorbachev & Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing

1982Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

1860-18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate

1991Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

1993Laura Davies wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship

1969Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

1938In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six

1985Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

1955Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1987Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

1981"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

1920Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint

1571Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM

1954Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

2013Bill Gates becomes the world's richest man with $72.7 billion again after losing the position in 2008

1980Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

1992"Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35

1868By one vote, US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson

2007Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

1955Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in SF

1996Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRS in 1 inning

1947Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

1940British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris

May 16th Historical Events
Date Event
955
Alberich II, (bastard?) son of Octavianus elected pope 
1165
Ramjbam & his family reach Acre Palestine 
1204
Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders, is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople. 
1527
Florence becomes a republic 
1532
Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor 
1547
Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg 
1568
Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England 
1571
Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM 
1584
7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond/Blokker/St-Pietersdal 
1605
Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI becomes Paul V 
1606
2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia 
1648
Battle at Zolty Wody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks beat John Casimir 
1747
Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Neth 
1763
Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London 
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. 
1792
Denmark abolishes slave trade 
1795
Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state 
1796
Lombardian Republic forms 
1803
Peace of Amiens ends 
1811
Peninsular War: Allies defeat French at Albuera 
1815
The Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, officially names the town of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains. 
1817
Mississippi River steamboat service begins 
1822
Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli. 
1860
-18] Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate 
1861
Twiggs Surrender, San Antonio, Texas during US Civil war 
1861
Confederate government offers war volunteers $10 premium 
1861
Kentucky proclaims its neutrality 
1862
Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile 
1863
Battle of Champion's Hill, MS-bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign 
1864
Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13) 
1864
Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA 
1864
Last battles at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia (6,666 casualties) 
1866
Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer 
1866
US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime) 
1868
Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague 
1868
By one vote, US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson 
1869
Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7 
1872
Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time 
1874
1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Mass) 
1875
Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000 
1877
May 16, 1877 political crisis in France. 
1879
Antonin Dvorák's "Slavic Dancing" premieres 
1879
Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia & English 
1881
World's 1st electric tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin) 
1882
8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00 
1884
10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25 
1888
CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC 
1891
George A Hormel & Co introduce Spam 
1894
Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings 
1901
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Priory School" (BG) 
1902
2 deaf-mutes face each other for 1st time as Dummy Hoy leads off for the Reds against Dummy Taylor of the Giants, Reds win 5-3 
1903
1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George Wymann) 
1907
In the Pact of Cartagena, Great Britain, France, and Spain agree to maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa 
1910
US Bureau of Mines forms 
1911
Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands 
1911
Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf 
1914
American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City 
1914
Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later. 
1916
41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8 
1918
The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense. 
1920
Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint 
1920
Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull 
1921
47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2 
1922
White Star Liner Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage 
1924
108°F (42°C) in Blitzen Oregon 
1925
51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6 
1927
NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home 
1927
Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax 
1929
1st Academy Awards - "Wings", Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins 
1930
6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2 
1931
57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8 
1932
Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston 
1933
Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game 
1936
1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France 
1936
62nd Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59 
1938
1st animal breeding society forms (NJ) 
1938
38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga) 
1938
In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six 
1939
1st AL night game, Phila Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10) 
1939
Food stamps are 1st issued 
1940
Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers 
1940
British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris 
1941
1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers" 
1941
Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia 
1941
Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham) 
1941
Nazis forbid Dutch Organization of Actors (NOT) 
1942
1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma 
1943
-17th] Operation Chastise - the Dambusters Raid; 617 Squadron RAF bombs Möhne & Eder dams (Ruhr valley) with bouncing bombs 
1943
German troops destroy synagogue of Warsaw 
1943
Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting 
1944
1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz 
1944
Military police attack gypsies 
1945
Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon, Okinawa 
1946
Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC 
1947
Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics 
1948
Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion 
1948
CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece 
1948
Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel 
1948
Egyptians enter the Gaza 
1948
Israel issues its 1st postage stamps 
1951
The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines. 
1952
"New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances 
1953
Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row 
1954
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open 
1954
Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone 
1954
WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast 
1955
Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in SF 
1955
King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo 
1955
Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown 
1955
Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title 
1956
Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China 
1956
Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia 
1956
Kraft Theater presents an act from "Profiles in Courage" 
1956
Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australians at the Oval 
1957
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae 
1957
US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton Conn 
1957
Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade 
1958
Maj Irwin, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH 
1958
Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico 
1959
85th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57 
1959
WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1960
Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US 
1960
Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California. 
1961
13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win 
1963
"Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances 
1963
Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury 
1964
90th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8 
1964
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1964
Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ 
1965
"Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 perfs 
1965
Balt Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers 
1965
Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam 
1965
Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open 
1965
WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, NY (TEL) begins broadcasting 
1965
The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand. 
1966
Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released 
1966
National Welfare Rights Organization organizes 
1966
Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating 
1966
"May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution 
1967
Phila voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium 
1968
Earthquake kills 47 in Japan 
1968
In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat 
1969
Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute 
1969
Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam 
1969
US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF 
1969
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1969
Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere 
1969
Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault 
1970
96th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2 
1970
Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70 
1971
1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents) 
1971
Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych London 
1971
Bulgaria adopts its constitution 
1972
"Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 perfs 
1972
Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Phila Vet 
1972
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale 
1973
ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar 
1973
AC Milan wins 13th Europe Cup II in Saloniki 
1974
Helmut Schmidt becomes West German chancellor 
1974
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1975
India annexes Principality of Sikkim 
1975
Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest 
1975
Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
1975
Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK 
1976
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Phila Flyers in 4 games 
1976
Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic 
1977
5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC 
1977
Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
1979
FC Barcelona wins 19th Europe Cup II in Basel 
1979
NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M 
1980
34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Phila 76ers, 4 games to 2 
1980
Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis 
1980
Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album 
1980
Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes 
1981
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks 
1981
107th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6 
1981
Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1 
1982
"Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances 
1982
"Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 perfs 
1982
Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating in preparation for STS-4 
1982
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament 
1982
Salvador Jorge Blanco wins presidential election in Dominican Rep 
1982
Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games 
1983
Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel 
1983
Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government. 
1984
Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution 
1984
Juventus wins 24th Europe Cup II in Basel 
1984
Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer 
1984
US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site 
1984
Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game 
1985
Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year 
1985
Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium 
1986
"Top Gun" premieres 
1986
Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas 
1986
Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election 
1986
South African Pres P W Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela 
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. 
1987
"Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 perfs 
1987
113th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8 
1987
Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show 
1987
"Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, set sail from NY, beginning an unsuccesful 8-week search for a dumping site 
1988
US Surgeon Gen C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin 
1988
US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant 
1989
Soviet president Mikhail S Gorbachev & Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing 
1990
Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected 
1990
Juventus wins 19th UEFA Cup in Avellino 
1991
Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (Superman character) (fiction!) 
1991
Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress 
1992
"Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35 
1992
118th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6 
1992
Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock 
1992
US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour) 
1993
"3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances 
1993
"Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 30 perfs 
1993
Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull 
1993
Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head 
1993
Laura Davies wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship 
1993
Suleyman Demirel elected president of Turkey 
1994
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando FL on WTKS 104.1 FM 
1994
Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment 
1994
Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic 
1994
Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana 
1995
Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier 
1996
Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRS in 1 inning 
1997
Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings 
1997
Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Univ) as Miss USA 
1997
Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe 
1997
Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13 
1997
St Louis Cards Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits 
1997
A final agreement creating the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) is signed by project participants, inc. Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others 
1998
124th Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80 
2003
In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks. 
2004
The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians. 
2005
Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote. 
2006
A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand. 
2007
Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May. 
2007
Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France 
2009
135th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08 
2011
Space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final commission in space 
2013
Bill Gates becomes the world's richest man with $72.7 billion again after losing the position in 2008 
2013
Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation 
2013
Human stem cells are successfully cloned 
2014
Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations 
2016
Ryanair flight to Manchester evacuated in Norway over bomb scare 
2017
White House denies report Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian officials 
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