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    What happened on May 16 in History





    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    May 16, 1770Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.
    May 16, 1863At the Battle of Champion’s Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.
    May 16, 1868President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.
    May 16, 1879The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.
    May 16, 1920Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.
    May 16, 1928The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.
    May 16, 1943A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany.
    May 16, 1951Chinese Communist Forces launch second step, fifth-phase offensive and gain up to 20 miles of territory.
    May 16, 1960A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.
    May 16, 1963After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.

    Born on May 16

    May 16, 1801William Henry Seward, U.S. Secretary of State (1861-1869).
    May 16, 1804Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, founder of the first U.S. kindergarten.
    May 16, 1824Edmund Kirby-Smith, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
    May 16, 1850Johannes von Mikulica-Radecki, Polish surgical pioneer.
    May 16, 1886Douglas Southall Freeman, journalist, historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.
    May 16, 1905Henry Fonda, American actor (Grapes of Wrath, On Golden Pond).
    May 16, 1912Studs Terkel, author and historian.
    May 16, 1913Woody Herman, jazz bandleader.
    May 16, 1929Betty Carter, jazz singer.
    May 16, 1929Adrienne Rich, poet (Diving into the Wreck).
    May 16, 1955Olga Korbut, Olympic gymnast.