On This Day..... May 16

MAY 16TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL JUICE SLUSH DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PIERCING DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • HENRY FONDA (1905-1982)
  • LIBERACE (1919-1987)
  • CHRISTIAN LACROIX (1950, 68)
  • PIERCE BROSNAN (1953, 65)
  • DEBRA WINGER (1955, 63)
  • MARE WINNINGHAM (1959, 59)
  • KRIST NOVASELIC (1965, 53)
  • JANET JACKSON (1966, 52)
  • TRACEY GOLD (1969, 49)
  • DAVID BOREANZ (1969, 49)
  • TUCKER CARLSON (1969, 49)
  • TORI SPELLING (1973, 45)
  • MEGAN FOX (1986, 32)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1568, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS FLEES TO ENGLAND
  • IN 1770, 14 YEAR OLD MARIE ANTOINETTE MARRIES 15 YEAR OLD KING LOUIS XVI
  • IN 1836, EDGAR ALLEN POE (26) MARRIES HIS 13 YEAR OLD COUSIN VIRGINIA CLEMM
  • IN 1860, THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION SELECTS ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS ITS PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE
  • IN 1861, KENTUCKY PROCLAIMS IT IS NEUTRAL IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1863, THE BATTLE OF CHAMPION’S HILL IN MISSISSIPPI IS ONE OF THE BLOODIEST BATTLES OF THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1866, CONGRESS AUTHORIZES THE NICKEL
  • IN 1868, THE SENATE FAILS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT JOHNSON BY ONE VOTE
  • IN 1874, A DAM IN WILLIAMSBURG, MASSACHUSETTS BREAKS AND THE MILL RIVER FLOODS. 139 PEOPLE DIED AND FOUR TOWNS INCLUDING WILLIAMSBURG AND NORTHAMPTON ARE WIPED OUT. SHODDY CONSTRUCTION IS FOUND TO BE THE CAUSE
  • IN 1875, AN EARTHQUAKE KILLS 16,000 PEOPLE IN COLOMBIA AND VENEZUELA
  • IN 1891, GEORGE HORMEL FOUNDS THE HORMEL FOOD CORPORATION
  • IN 1903, GEORGE WYMAN BEGINS HIS TRIP TO BECOMES THE FIRST MAN TO CROSS THE UNITED STATES ON A MOTORCYCLE IN SAN FRANCISCO. HE ARRIVES IN NYC ON JULY 6
  • IN 1918, CONGRESS PASSES THE SEDITION ACT
  • IN 1920, JOAN OF ARC IS CANONIZED AS A SAINT
  • IN 1927, THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT BOOTLEGGERS MUST PAY INCOME TAX
  • IN 1929, THE FIRST ACADEMY AWARDS WERE HELD. “WINGS” WINS BEST PICTURE
  • IN 1939, THE FIRST FOOD STAMPS ARE ISSUED
  • IN 1946, “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1947, BILLIE HOLIDAY IS ARRESTED IN HER APARTMENT FOR DRUG POSSESSION
  • IN 1954, TED WILLIAMS RETURNS FROM BREAKING HIS COLLAR BONE AND GETS 8 HITS IN HIS FIRST GAME BACK
  • IN 1957, ELLIOT NESS DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 54
  • IN 1960, THEODORE MAIMAN INVENTS THE FIRST LASER.
  • IN 1964, MARY WELLS GOES TO #1 WITH “MY GUY”
  • IN 1965, CAMPBELL’S BEGINS SELLING “SPAGHETTI O’S”
  • IN 1966, THE BEACH BOYS RELEASE “PET SOUNDS”
  • IN 1966, BOB DLYAN RELEASES “BLONDE ON BLONDE”
  • IN 1966, MAO ZEDONG RELEASES THE “MAY 16 NOTIFICATION” WHICH JUSTIFIES THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION
  • IN 1969, A 15 YEAR OLD BOY IN ST. LOUIS IS THOUGHT TO BE THE FIRST PERSON TO DIE OF AIDS IN THE UNITED STATES. HIS CAUSE OF DEATH WOULDN’T BE DETERMINED UNTIL 1987
  • IN 1970, BILL COSBY PEAKS AT #70 ON THE SINGLES CHART WITH “GROVER HENSON FEELS FORGOTTEN”
  • IN 1970, CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH HAVE THE #1 ALBUM WITH “DÉJÀ VU” FEATURING “TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL” AND “OUR HOUSE”
  • IN 1974, HELMUT SCHMIDT BECOMES CHANCELLOR OF WEST GERMANY
  • IN 1980, PAUL MCCARTNEY RELEASES “MCCARTNEY II”
  • IN 1981, KIM CARNES GOES TO #1 FOR 9 WEEKS WITH “BETTE DAVIS EYES”
  • IN 1983, MICHAEL JACKSON DEBUTS “THE MOONWALK” WHILE PERFORMING “BILLIE JEAN” ON THE “MOTOWN 25” SPECIAL
  • IN 1984, PRINCE RELEASES “WHEN DOVES CRY”
  • IN 1984, ANDY KAUFMAN DIES OF CANCER AT 35
  • IN 1985, MICHAEL JORDAN IS NAMED NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
  • IN 1986, TONY SCOTT RELEASES “TOP GUN”
  • IN 1986, BOBBY COMES BACK FROM THE DEAD ON “DALLAS”
  • IN 1987, U2 HITS #1 WITH “WITH OR WITHOUT YOU”
  • IN 1987, BOBRO 400, THE GARBAGE BARGE, SETS SAIL FROM NEW YORK CITY ON AN EIGHT WEEK JOURNEY TO FIND A PLACE TO DUMP ITS TRASH
  • IN 1988, THE SURGEON GENERAL OFFICIALLY DECLARES SMOKING TO BE ADDICTIVE
  • IN 1990, JIM HENSON DIES AT 53 AND SAMMY DAVIS JR. DIES AT 64
  • IN 1991, QUEEN ELIZABETH II ADDRESSES THE US CONGRESS, THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT A BRITISH MONARCH WOULD DO SO
  • IN 1992, WEIRD AL YANKOVIC HITS #5 WITH “SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA”
  • IN 1992, SHOWTIME DEBUTS “RED SHOE DIARIES”
  • IN 1996, CHICAGO CUBS STAR SAMMY SOSA HITS TWO HOME RUNS IN ONE INNING
  • IN 2001, DAVID LYNCH RELEASES “MULLHOLLAND DRIVE”
  • IN 2002, GEORGE LUCAS RELEASES “STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES”
  • IN 2007, NICOLAS SARKOZY BECOMES PRESIDENT OF FRANCE
  • IN 2009, BOB DYLAN HAS THE #1 ALBUM WITH “TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE”
  • IN 2013, RACE CAR DRIVER DICK TRICKLE COMMITS SUICIDE BY GUNSHOT AT 71

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