16 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Innocent XI, 1611
  • William H. Seward, 1801
  • Elizabeth Peabody, 1804
  • Margaret Sullavan, 1896
  • Henry Fonda, 1905
  • Studs Terkel, 1912
  • Woody Herman, 1913
  • Liberace, 1917
  • Billy Martin, 1928
  • Lainie Kazan, 1940
  • Pierce Brosnan, 1953
  • Debra Winger, 1955
  • Jack Morris, 1955
  • Olga Korbut, 1965
  • Janet Jackson, 1966
  • Gabriela Sabatini, 1970
  • Tori Spelling, 1973

Died On This Day:

  • Joselito (bullfighter), 1920
  • George Ade, 1944
  • James Agee, 1955
  • Michael X, 1975
  • Andy Kaufman, 1984
  • Irwin Shaw, 1984
  • Margaret Hamilton, 1985
  • Jim Henson, 1990
  • Sammy Davis Jr., 1990
  • Robert Mondavi, 2008
  • I. M. Pei, 2019

Today's Events:

  • 1633 - Charles I crowned King of Scotland at Edinburgh.
  • 1691 - America's first accused spy, Jacob Leisler, hanged for treason after unfair trial.
  • 1763 - James Boswell meets Samuel Johnson in London - biographer meets biographee.
  • 1770 - Dauphin of France marries 14 year old Marie Antoinette; panic after fireworks display kills 800.
  • 1791 - James Boswell's 'Life of Samuel Johnson' published.
  • 1804 - French Senate petitions Napoleon Bonaparte to establish a hereditary dynasty
  • 1811 - British defeat French in Battle of Albuera (Peninsular War).
  • 1817 - First steamboat on the Mississippi, The 'Washington' goes into service.
  • 1866 - U.S. Mint authorized to begin making nickels, 5˘ coins.
  • 1868 - President Andrew Johnson acquitted by Senate over impeachment by one vote.
  • 1893 - Visible typewriter patented; machine allows user to see words as they enter page.
  • 1920 - 464 years after Joan of Arc was declared innocent of crimes for which she was burnt at the stake, Catholic Church officially canonizes her.
  • 1929 - 200 attend quiet banquet for first Academy Awards (Oscars). Silent movie 'Wings' best picture.
  • 1943 - After Warsaw Ghetto destroyed and Jewish uprising crushed - Nazis dynamite Tlomackie Synagogue.
  • 1943 - Barnes Wallis's 'bouncing bombs' first dropped by Britain on Ruhr Valley dams at Mohne and Eder.
  • 1946 - Irving Berlin's 'Annie Get Your Gun' starring Ethel Merman premieres on Broadway.
  • 1975 - Junko Tabei, 35, of Japan becomes first woman to conquer Mt. Everest; reaches summit at 12:30.
  • 1991 - Queen Elizabeth II addresses U.S. Congress, the first British monarch to do so.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Brendan the Voyager
  • Honorius of Amiens
  • Simon Stock
  • John of Nepomuk
  • Ubaldo
  • Fructuosus of Braga
  • Andrew Bobola

Holiday:

  • Flag Day of the Army in Finland

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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