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May 16th, 2007 (May 16 2007)EventAlex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotlandied in He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning an historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.
May 16th, 2006 (May 16 2006)EventA large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
May 16th, 2005 (May 16 2005)EventKuwait permits women s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
May 16th, 2004 (May 16 2004)EventThe 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.
May 16th, 2003 (May 16 2003)EventIn Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
May 16th, 1992 (May 16 1992)EventSTS-49: Space Shuttle Endeavour lands safely after a successful maiden voyage.
May 16th, 1988 (May 16 1988)EventA report by United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.C. Everett Koop Quotes
May 16th, 1986 (May 16 1986)EventThe Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
May 16th, 1983 (May 16 1983)EventSudan People s Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
May 16th, 1975 (May 16 1975)EventIndia annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote was in favour of merging with India.
May 16th, 1975 (May 16 1975)EventJunko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
May 16th, 1974 (May 16 1974)EventJosip Broz Tito is re-elected president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. This time he is elected for life.Josip Broz Tito Quotes
May 16th, 1969 (May 16 1969)EventVenera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
May 16th, 1967 (May 16 1967)EventThe city of Jerusalem is captured by Israel during the six-day war
May 16th, 1966 (May 16 1966)EventThe Communist Party of China issues the May 16 Notice , marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
May 16th, 1965 (May 16 1965)EventThe Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
May 16th, 1960 (May 16 1960)EventNikita Khrushchev demands an apology from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower for U-2 spy plane flights over the Soviet Union thus ending a Big Four summit in Paris.Nikita Khrushchev Quotes
May 16th, 1960 (May 16 1960)EventTheodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
May 16th, 1951 (May 16 1951)EventThe 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.
May 16th, 1948 (May 16 1948)EventChaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel.
May 16th, 1943 (May 16 1943)EventHolocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.
May 16th, 1929 (May 16 1929)EventIn Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
May 16th, 1920 (May 16 1920)EventIn Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc as a saint. Joan of Arc Quotes
May 16th, 1919 (May 16 1919)EventA naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
May 16th, 1918 (May 16 1918)EventThe Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.
May 16th, 1914 (May 16 1914)EventThe first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final is playedied in Brooklyn Field Club defeats Brooklyn Celtic 2-1.
May 16th, 1910 (May 16 1910)EventThe United States Congress authorizes the creation of the United States Bureau of Mines.
May 16th, 1877 (May 16 1877)EventMay 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
May 16th, 1874 (May 16 1874)EventA flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
May 16th, 1868 (May 16 1868)EventPresident Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.Andrew Johnson Quotes
May 16th, 1866 (May 16 1866)EventThe U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
May 16th, 1866 (May 16 1866)EventCharles Elmer Hires invents root beer.
May 16th, 1843 (May 16 1843)EventThe first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
May 16th, 1836 (May 16 1836)EventEdgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia.Edgar Allan Poe Quotes
May 16th, 1822 (May 16 1822)EventGreek War of Independence: The Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
May 16th, 1815 (May 16 1815)EventThe Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, officially names the town of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains.
May 16th, 1811 (May 16 1811)EventPeninsular WarThe allies Spain, Portugal and Britain, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.
May 16th, 1777 (May 16 1777)EventLachlan McIntosh and Button Gwinnett shoot each other during a duel near Savannah, Georgia. Gwinnett, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, dies three days later.
May 16th, 1771 (May 16 1771)EventThe 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.
May 16th, 1770 (May 16 1770)Event14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France. Marie Antoinette Quotes
May 16th, 1568 (May 16 1568)EventMary Queen of Scots flees to England.
May 16th, 1532 (May 16 1532)EventSir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.
May 16th, 1527 (May 16 1527)EventThe Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic.
May 16th, 1204 (May 16 1204)EventBaldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.

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