May 16 Events in History - May 16 Birthdays - May 16 Deaths
2015 Mohamed Morsi, the former Egyptian president who was the first to be democratically elected, has been given a death sentence for his role in a prison outbreak during the revolution of 2011
2014 The Bharatiya Janata Party wins India's general election, defeating the Indian National Congress; the results appear to signal a desire for greater economic progress
2014 Archaeologists in Patagonia, Argentina, unearth a set of bones that appear to belong to the largest dinosaur yet discovered; the new creature is thought to have weighed 77 tonnes and to have stood around 20 meters tall
2013 The oldest water ever found is discovered in a Canadian mine; the water dates back 2.6 billion years
2013 Pope Francis calls for worldwide 'financial reform along ethical lines' which would curb the 'tyranny' of 'markets and financial speculation'
2012 The black box is recovered from the Russian passenger jet that carried 44 passengers and crashed in the Indonesian province of West Java, leaving no survivors
2012 The China Central Television Headquarters, designed by the Officer for Metropolitan Architecture, a firm based in Rotterdam ten years ago, is finally completed in Beijing
2011 After 23 years running and 1151 fugitives caught, the FOX network cancels America's Most Wanted
2011 The European Union approves a $110.8 billion (78 billion euro) bailout package for Portugal
2010 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake is felt on Puerto Rico
2005 Sony's PlayStation 3 makes it's debut at the E3 trade show
1999 125th Preakness
1998 124th Preakness
1997 Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
1997 Brandi Sherwood, (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA
1997 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of U.S. crowned 46th Miss Universe
1997 Expos trailing San Francisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
1997 St. Louis Cardinals Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits
1996 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 home runs in 1 inning
1995 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara and charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier
1994 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
1994 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment
1994 Joaquin Balaguer (86) elected president of Dominican Republic
1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
1993 "3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 40 performances
1993 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Sq New York City after 30 performances
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
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 and Clinton could be in a deadlock
1992 U.S. space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
1991 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (Superman character)
1991 Queen Elizabeth becomes 1st British monarch to address U.S. congress
1990 Dominican Republic President Joaquin Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
1990 Juventus wins 19th UEFA Cup in Avellino
1989 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing
1988 Surgeon General C. Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
1988 U.S. Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant
1987 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial New York City after 608 performances
1987 113th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8
1987 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in Los Angeles
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
1986 "Top Gun," premieres
1986 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas
1986 Joaquin Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election
1986 South African President P W Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year
1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium
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 U.S. 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
1983 Lebanese parliament accept peace accord with Israel
1982 "Barnum" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 854 performances
1982 "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
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: New York Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games
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
1981 Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson
1980 34th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 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 and Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in Yes
1979 FC Barcelona wins 19th Europe Cup II in Basel
1979 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
1977 5 die as New York Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in New York City
1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavywgt boxing title
1976 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games
1976 Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
1975 India annexes Principality of Sikkim
1975 Japanese Junko Tabei became 1st woman to reach Mount Everest's summit
1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
1974 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German chancellor
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1973 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
1973 AC Milan wins 13th Europe Cup II in Saloniki
1972 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 164 performances
1972 Greg Luzinski's 500' home run hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
1972 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
1971 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
1971 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave," premieres in Aldwych
1971 Bulgaria adopts it's constitution
1970 96th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2
1970 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70
1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute
1969 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
1969 U.S. nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off San Francisco
1969 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1969 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
1969 Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault
1968 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
1967 Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium
1966 Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released
1966 National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
1966 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 232 performances
1965 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 and homers
1965 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam
1965 Spaghetti-O's 1st sold
1965 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
1965 WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, New York (TEL) begins broadcasting
1964 90th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
1964 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1964 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1963 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 4 performances
1963 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends U.S. Proj Mercury
1961 13rd Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr and Barbara Stanwyck
1960 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as U.S.S.R. levels spy charges against US
1959 85th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
1959 WTOM TV channel 4 in Cheboygan, Michigan (NBC) begins broadcasting
1958 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
1958 Walter Irwin flies 2,259 KPH in F-104A Starfighter
1957 Major Irwin, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight to a record 1,404.18 MPH
1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Invicti Athletae
1957 U.S. launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Skate, at Groton, Connecticut
1957 Yankees involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade
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 vs. Australians at the Oval
1955 Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in San Francisco
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
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
1953 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
1952 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 365 performances
1948 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 George Polk, CBS news correspondant, body found
1948 Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
1946 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun," starring Ethel Merman premieres in New York City
1945 Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa
1944 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
1943 RAF bombs Mohne and Eder (Battle of Ruhr)
1943 German troops destroy synagogue of Warsaw
1943 Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting
1942 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma
1941 1st U.S. radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
1941 Germans made their last major air attack on Britain
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)
1940 Nazi's forbid non-professional auto workers
1940 Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris
1939 1st AL night game, Philadelphia Shribe Park (Indians 8, Athletics 3 in 10)
1939 Food stamps are 1st issued
1938 1st animal breeding society forms in New Jersey
1938 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire in Atlanta, Georgia
1938 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Australia vs. MCC, 349 minutes, 35 fours 1 six
1936 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France
1936 62nd Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59
1933 Cecil Travis becomes 1st player to get 5 hits in his 1st game
1932 Yankees 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland and Boston
1931 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
1930 6th Walker Cup: U.S., 10-2
1929 1st Academy Awards - "Wings," Emil Jennings and Janet Gaynor wins
1927 New York Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd and home
1927 Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
1925 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6
1924 108 degrees F (42 degrees C) in Blitzen Oregon
1922 White Star Line Majestic completes 5 day maiden voyage
1921 47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
1920 Joan of Arc (Jean D'arc) canonized a saint
1920 Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
1916 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
1914 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
1914 Ewing Field, near Masonic Street, opens
1911 Remains of a neanderthal man found in Jersey UK
1911 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf
1910 U.S. Bureau of Mines forms
1903 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at San Francisco (George Wymann)
1903 George Wyman makes 1st motorcycle trip across the US
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
1901 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Priory School"
1894 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium and 170 other buildings
1891 George A Hormel and Co introduce Spam
1888 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
1884 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40
1882 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40
1881 World's 1st elec tram goes into service in Lichterfelder (near Berlin)
1879 Antonin Dvorak's "Slavic Dancing," premieres
1879 Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia and English
1875 Quake in Venezuela and Colombia kills 16,000
1874 1st recorded dam disaster in U.S. (Williamsburg Mass)
1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
1869 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
1868 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Dalibor," premieres in Prague
1868 By one vote, Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson
1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer
1866 Congress authorizes nickel 5 cents piece (replaces silver half-dime)
1866 U.S. Treasury Department authorizes nickel
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)
1863 Battle of Champion's Hill, MS-bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
1862 Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir builds 1st automobile
1861 Confederate government offers war volunteers $10 premium
1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
1817 Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1811 Peninsular War-Allies defeat French at Albuera
1804 Senate and Tribune declare Napolean leader of France
1803 Peace of Amiens ends
1796 Lombardije Republic forms
1795 Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state
1792 Denmark abolishes slave trade
1770 Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France
1763 James Boswell's 1st meeting with Samuel Johnson
1763 Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
1747 Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Netherlands
1648 Battle at Zolty Wody: Bohdan Chmielricki's cosacks beat John Casimir
1606 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia
1605 Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI becomes Paul V
1584 7 Westfriese towns divide monasteries of Egmond/Blokker/St-Pietersdal
1571 Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM
1568 Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England
1547 Protestant German monarch surrenders to Karel in Wittenberg
1532 Sir Thomas More resigns as English Lord Chancellor
1527 Florence becomes a republic
1165 Ramjbam and his family reach Acre Palestine
955 Alberich II, son of Octavianus elected pope