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For Those With Birthdays 16th May looking for specific year these years are Included on this date
1927, 1929, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1960, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1991, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, Born This Day,
1969 U.S.A. Protest and Rioting
16th May 1969 : Rioting and protests against the war in Vietnam continue on campuses throughout California with local National Guardsman patrolling Berkeley campus of the University of California area with fixed bayonets to keep peace and order.
1927 U.S.A. Floods in Louisiana
16th May 1927 : Following the floods in Louisiana rescue workers have so far found over 20 people dead with more coming as they continue to check homes flooded due to the flooding
1929 U.S.A. First Academy Awards
16th May 1929 : The First ever Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards were handed out at a banquet held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
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1943 Poland Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
16th May 1943 : Resistance in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has ended as SS Police and Wehrmacht units using tanks and other armoured vehicles take back control of the ghetto crushing resistance after 1 month of fighting.
1944 Italy World War II
16th May 1944 : Many believe the end of the World War is getting closer as allied forces push the Nazis back an all fronts including Italy and from the Eastern Front by Russia, at the same time significant gains are being made in the Pacific
1946 U.S.A. "Annie Get Your Gun"
16th May 1946 : The Irving Berlin musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," opened at New York’s Imperial Theatre for its debut performance. It went on to do 1,146 more performances to become one of the most popular musicals in theater history.
1960 France U2 Spy Plane
16th May 1960 : The leaders of the most powerful nations on earth came to verbal blows in Paris over the U2 Spy Plane which flew over the Soviet Union. President Nikita Khrushchev and US President Dwight D. Eisenhower are at odds over the issue
1968 England Block Of Flats in Newham collapses
16th May 1968 : A block of Flats in Newham in the heart of docklands area in London's East End collapses following a gas explosion on the 18th floor leaving at least 3 dead and 80 families fleeing the tower block.
1974 Lebanon Israeli Bombing
16th May 1974
: Israeli planes bomb 7 Palestinian refugee camps in southern Lebanon killing at least 27 people and leaving 138 injured.
1976 Lebanon Muslims and Christians Fighting
16th May 1976 : Muslims and Christians in Lebanon are fighting a fierce battle using rocket artillery and the death toll has reached over 220 with fighting still continuing , food shortages are now affecting most of the population and nether side wish to attend peace talks.
1988 U.S.A. Nicotine Addictive
16th May 1988 : The Surgeon General C Everett Koop has declared that Nicotine is a as addictive as Heroin and Cocaine and that all cigarette packets should carry a public health warning , we have included a graphic with his suggestions.
1991 U.S.A. British Monarch addresses Congress
16th May 1991 : Queen Elizabeth II addresses the U.S. Congress becoming the first British Monarch to address congress.
1997 Zaire President Mobutu
16th May 1997 : President Mobutu of Zaire has left the capital of Kinshasa as his generals have told him they will not defend the capital against the advancing rebels.
2005 U.S.A. Sabrina Harman
16th May 2005 : Army Specialist Sabrina Harman was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, for her role in the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. ( She was the woman featured in many of the worst photographs of abuses of prisoners on TV and Newspapers).
She was sentenced to 6 months in prison.
2005 Bolivia Energy Protest in La Paz
16th May, 2005 : Thousands of Bolivians gathered in the capital of La Paz to demand the nationalization of the energy industry in the South American country. The protests were spurred by a bill passed by the Congress but refused by the President that dealt with taxes on energy companies. The protesters believed the bill to be too lenient, while President Carlos Mesa believed it to be too harsh on the companies.
2006 U.S.A. Richard Hatch
16th May 2006 : The winner of the first Survivor Series is sentenced in Providence, R.I., to four years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his reality TV prize and other earnings.
2007 Estonia New Synagogue Opens in Estonia
16th May, 2007 : The first synagogue to be opened since the Holocaust opened in Tallinn, Estonia. The synagogue, in the capital of the country, was built to serve the country's Jewish community of about 2,500 people. Many of the country's synagogues and Jewish communities were destroyed during World War II and the Soviet era.
2010 Japan Couple Married by Robot
16th May, 2010 : Japan conducts the first wedding in which the couple was married by a robot. The couple had a connection to the robotics industry and wished for the robot, the I-Fairy, to officiate their wedding in Tokyo.
2012 Honduras Honduras Reporter Found Dead
16th May, 2012 : Journalist Alfredo Vilatoro was found dead in Tegucigalpa a week after being abducted. The radio reporter had been kidnapped on May 9th
by a group of young men and was found dressed in a police officers uniform after his abduction.
2013 Iran Women Cannot Run in Iran Presidential Election
16th May, 2013 : The Guardian Council, a constitutional body in Iran, has ruled out the possibility of women being able to run in the country's June 14th elections. Thirty women had tried to register as candidates before the ruling came down.