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May 16 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 16. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 45 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 218
    Julia Maesa, aunt of the assassinated Caracalla, is banished to her home in Syria by the self-proclaimed emperor Macrinus and declares her 14-year-old grandson Elagabalus, emperor of Rome.
  • 1204
    Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
  • 1527
    The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic.
  • 1532
    Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.
  • 1568
    Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
  • 1584
    Santiago de Vera becomes sixth Governor-General of the Spanish colony of the Philippines.
  • 1770
    A 14-year-old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.
  • 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.
  • 1811
    Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.
  • 1812
    Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov signs the Treaty of Bucharest, ending the Russo-Turkish War. Bessarabia is annexed by Imperial Russia.
  • 1822
    Greek War of Independence: The Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
  • 1834
    The Battle of Asseiceira is fought, the last and decisive engagement of the Liberal Wars in Portugal.
  • 1843
    The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
  • 1866
    The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
  • 1868
    United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
  • 1874
    A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
  • 1877
    May 1877 political crisis in France.
  • 1888
    Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.
  • 1891
    The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world’s first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electric current (the most common form today).
  • 1914
    The first ever National Challenge Cup final is played. Brooklyn Field Club defeats Brooklyn Celtic 2–1.
  • 1918
    The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government during wartime an imprisonable offense. It will be repealed less than two years later.
  • 1919
    A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
  • 1920
    In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.
  • 1929
    In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards are awarded.
  • 1943
    The Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.
  • 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 Czechoslovakia.
  • 1960
    Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • 1961
    Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.
  • 1966
    The Communist Party of China issues the “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.

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