On this day

21st century
2016May 16
 
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Entertainment

Final episode of "Castle" airs

Despite several other cast members have signed on for a ninth season, on May 2016, it was announced that the show would be canceled instead; the final episode aired on May 2016.

2015May 16
 
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Sports

Dean Potter dies in a BASE jumping accident

D.S. Potter was an American free climber, BASE jumper, BASEliner, and highliner. Potter together with his friend G. Hunt were killed while attempting an illegal proximity wingsuit flight from Taft Point above Yosemite Valley. Hunt hit a side wall and Potter had cleared the notch and then crashed.

2014May 16
 
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Sports

€60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations

In May 2014, UEFA announced that they agreed to settlements with nine clubs after Financial Fair Play investigations, with sanctions ranging from break-even targets, sporting measures and financial contribution. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. were fined the largest amount of €60 million.

2013May 16
 
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Business, Personalities

Bill Gates is again the world's richest man

From 1995 to 2017, Gates held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world all but four of those years, and held it consistently from March 2014 – July 2017, with an estimated net worth of US$89.9 billion as of October 2017.

2009May 16
 
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Entertainment

Moscow hosts the 54th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest is the longest-running annual international TV song competition, held since 1956. Norway won the 54th Eurovision Song Contest when singer Alexander Rybak beat 24 other contestants with his song Fairytale. Rybak scored a record 387 points, beating Iceland with 218 points and Azerbaijan with 207 points.

2007May 16
 
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Politics, Personalities

Nicolas Sarkozy takes office as President of France

Nicolas Sarkozy is a French politician who served as the President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. During his term, he faced the late-2000s financial crisis and the Arab Spring. In the 2012 election, the Socialist François Hollande defeated Sarkozy by 3.2%.

2006May 16
 
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Entertainment

Video game Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure is released

Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure is the second expansion pack for the video game Zoo Tycoon 2. Developed by Blue Fang Games, work for the game began in early 2005 for a May 2006 release.This expansion introduces 20 new animals, such as the meerkat and the pygmy hippo, and allows simple breeding between subspecies.

2003May 16
 
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Disasters

Casablanca bombings

Casablanca bombings were a series of suicide bombings. The attacks were the deadliest terrorist attacks in the country's history. Forty-five people were killed in the attacks. The suicide bombers came from the shanty towns of Sidi Moumen, a poor suburb of Casablanca. In response, a large demonstration was organized through the streets of Casablanca.

2002May 16
 
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Entertainment

Video game Final Fantasy XI is released

Final Fantasy XI is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, developed and published by Square as part of the Final Fantasy series. Designed and produced by Hiromichi Tanaka, it was released in Japan in, 2002, for PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows-based personal computers in November of that year. It was also the Xbox 360's first MMORPG.

2002May 16
 
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Entertainment

"Attack of the Clones" opens in cinemas

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones is a 2002 American epic space opera movie directed by George Lucas and written by Lucas and Jonathan Hales. The movie premiered as part of the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival at the BMCC Performing Arts Center in New York City in May 2002.

1990s
1996May 16
 
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Sports, Personalities

Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 homeruns in 1 inning

In 1995 Sosa was named to his first All-Star team . In 144 games, he batted .268 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs. Sosa continued his success with the Cubs in 1996 as he batted .273 with 40 home runs and 100 RBIs.

Cold-war era
1990May 16
 
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Entertainment, Personalities

"Muppets" creator Jim Henson died

Henson died of toxic shock syndrome at the age of 53, 20 hours after experiencing a medical emergency; this unexpected event was widely lamented in the media and entertainment industry. In the weeks following his death, he was celebrated with a wave of tributes. He was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991.

1987May 16
 
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Entertainment

U2's "With or Without You" single goes #1 on the US charts

With or Without You is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their fifth studio album The Joshua Tree. The song was the group's most successful single at the time, becoming their first number-one hit in both the United States and Canada by topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.

1986May 16
 
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Entertainment

"Top Gun" premieres

Top Gun is a 1986 American romantic military action drama movie directed by Tony Scott and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The movie opened in the United States in 1 028 theaters on May 1986. It quickly became a success and was the highest-grossing movie of 1986. It was number one on its first weekend with an $8,193,052 gross.

1986May 16
 
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Entertainment

Bobby Ewing comes back from the dead on TV soap "Dallas"

Bobby had been killed off in the final episode of the 1984–85 season, and Patrick Duffy left the show for a year. Bobby returned to the show in the famous "shower scene" right at the end of the 1985–86 season.

1986May 16
 
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Entertainment, Personalities

Actress Megan Fox is born

Megan Denise Fox is an American actress and model. She was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Fox began her training in dance and drama at age five, in Kingston, Tennessee. When she was 13 years old, Fox began modeling after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

1985May 16
 
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Sports, Personalities

Michael Jordan is named NBA Rookie of Year

During his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting.[18] He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading "A Star Is Born" just over a month into his professional career.

1983May 16
 
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Entertainment, Personalities

Michael perfoms the moonwalk for the first time

The moonwalk is a dance move in which the dancer moves backwards while seemingly walking forwards. A popping move, it became popular around the world after Michael Jackson, an American singer, songwriter and dancer, dubbed the "King of Pop", performed the dance move during a performance of "Billie Jean".

1982May 16
 
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Sports

Islanders win their third straight Stanley Cup

The 1982 Stanley Cup Finals was played between the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders. The Islanders won the best-of-seven series four games to none, to win their third straight and third overall Stanley Cup. This is also the most recent time that a Stanley Cup Champion has won three in a row.

1981May 16
 
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Entertainment

Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" hits #1 on the US charts for next 9 weeks

Bette Davis Eyes is a song written and composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, and made popular by American singer Kim Carnes. DeShannon recorded it in 1974; Carnes's 1981 version spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Billboard's biggest hit of 1981.

1975May 16
 
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Sports

Muhammad Ali wins the match vs. Ron Lyle for heavyweight boxing title

Muhammad Ali and Ron Lyle fought a boxing match in May, 1975. Ali won the bout through a technical knockout in the 11th round. Lyle was known for his punching power, crowd-pleasing fighting style, as well as courage and determination inside the ring.

1971May 16
 
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Art

Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London

Owen Wingrave is an opera originally written for a televised performance. The opera has two acts with music by Benjamin Britten. The libretto is by Myfanwy Piper, after a short story by Henry James. The premiere was recorded at Snape Maltings in November 1970 and first broadcast on BBC2 in this day.

1969May 16
 
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Science

Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet space probe, lands on Venus

Venera 5 was a space probe in the Soviet space program Venera for the exploration of Venus. Venera 5 was launched into an Earth parking orbit in January 1969 and then from a Tyazheliy Sputnik towards Venus. After a mid-course maneuver in March 1969, the probe was released from the bus on May 1969 at a distance of 23,000 mi from Venus.

1968May 16
 
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Politics

Prague spring 1968 peaks before Soviet invasion

The Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia during the era of its domination by the Soviet Union after World War II. The Prague Spring reforms were a strong attempt by Dubček to grant additional rights to the citizens of Czechoslovakia in an act of partial decentralization of the economy and democratization.

1966May 16
 
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Personalities, Entertainment

Singer Janet Jackson is born

Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.

1966May 16
 
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Politics

The Communist Party of China issues the "May 16 Notice"

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, was a sociopolitical movement that took place in China from 1966 until 1976. Set into motion by Mao Zedong, stated goal was to preserve 'true' Communist ideology in the country by purging remnants of capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society, and to re-impose Maoist thought as the dominant ideology within the Party.

1966May 16
 
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Entertainment

Beach Boys release album "Pet Sounds"

Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys and was produced and arranged by Brian Wilson, who also wrote and composed almost all of its music. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history.

1966May 16
 
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Entertainment

Bob Dylan releases album "Blonde on Blonde"

Blonde on Blonde is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on Columbia Records. The album completed the trilogy of rock albums that Dylan recorded in 1965 and 1966 and critics often rank Blonde on Blonde as one of the greatest albums of all time.

1960May 16
 
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Science

Space Shuttle Endeavour lands after her maiden flight

Endeavour was the fifth and final operational shuttle. She was built as a replacement for Challenger. The primary goal of her first mission was to catch a broken Intelsat VI satellite. It was managed at the fourth attempt, in which three people from the same spacecraft walked in space at the same time for the first time in history.

1960May 16
 
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Science

Laser operated for the first time

American physicist Ted Maiman successfully tested his laser. Its core was made of synthetic ruby which other scientists seeking to make a laser felt would not work. Maiman patented the laser. However, Columbia University graduate student Gordon Gould simultaneously worked on his own laser design. It is not clear, who was first.

1955May 16
 
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Sports

Rocky Marciano fights vs. Don Cockell for heavyweight boxing title

Rocco Francis Marchegiano, best known as Rocky Marciano, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955. Marciano of faced British and European Champion Don Cockell in 1955. Marciano knocked him out in the ninth round. Marciano then announced his retirement in 1956, aged 32. He finished his career at 49–0.

1953May 16
 
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Entertainment, Personalities

Actor Pierce Brosnan is born

Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth. After leaving school at 16, he decided to be a painter and began training in commercial illustration at Saint Martin's School of Art. Graduating from the Drama Centre in 1975, Brosnan began working as an acting assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal, making his acting debut in Wait Until Dark.

1950May 16
 
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Science, Personalities

J. Georg Bednorz is born

Georg Bednorz is a German physicist who, together with K. Alex Müller, discovered high-temperature superconductivity in ceramics, for which they shared the 1987 Nobel Prize in Physics. Bednorz was born in Neuenkirchen, Germany. Bednorz obtained his master's degree from Münster in 1977. Later on, in 1982, he obtained his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich.

World War II
1943May 16
 
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Politics

End of Warshaw ghetto uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the 1943 act of Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II, and which opposed Nazi Germany's final effort to transport the remaining Ghetto population to Treblinka. A total of 13,000 Jews died, about half of them burnt alive or suffocated.

Interwar period
1938May 16
 
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Science, Personalities

American structural engineer Joseph Strauss dies

He revolutionized the design of bascule bridges. His greatest achievement was the Golden Gate Bridge. Strauss began his career as a draftsman. A few years later had become a principal assistant engineer. By 1904 he had his own Strauss Bascule Bridge Company which constructed hundreds of drawbridges around the U.S.

1920May 16
 
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Politics, Personalities

Joan of Arc is canonized

Joan of Arc is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War. In the 16th century she became a symbol of the Catholic League, and in 1803 she was declared a national symbol of France by the decision of Napoleon Bonaparte. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.

1919May 16
 
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Art, Personalities

Pianist Liberace is born

Władziu Valentino Liberace was born in West Allis, Wisconsin. Liberace began playing the piano at age four. His prodigious talent was evident from his early years. By age seven, he was capable of memorizing difficult pieces. He studied the technique of the Polish pianist Ignacy Paderewski. In childhood, Liberace suffered from a speech impediment.

19th century
1879May 16
 
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Art

Antonín Dvořák's "Slavonic Dances" premieres

The Slavonic Dances are a series of 16 orchestral pieces composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1878 and 1886 and published in two sets as Op. 46 and Op. 72 respectively. Unsure how to begin, Dvořák used Brahms's Hungarian Dances as a model—but only as a model; there are a number of important differences between the two works.

1868May 16
 
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Art

Bedřich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres in Prague

Dalibor is a Czech opera in three acts. The libretto was written in German by Josef Wenzig, and translated into Czech by Ervin Špindler. It was first performed at the New Town Theatre in Prague. The opera received criticism at the time for being overly influenced by German opera, including that of Richard Wagner.

1861May 16
 
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Personalities

Serial killer H. H. Holmes is born

Holmes was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. He was his parents' third-born child. He was a 19th century American serial killer. While he confessed to 27 murders, only nine could be plausibly confirmed and several of the people whom he claimed to have murdered were found to still be alive. He is commonly said to have killed as many as 200.

1845May 16
 
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Science, Personalities

Russian immunologist Élie Metchnikoff is born

He is most famous for his discovery of phagocytes. In 1882 he studied strange freely moving cells in the larvae of starfishes. He started to believe that they were important to the animals' immune defenses. To test his idea, Metchnikoff inserted small thorns from a tangerine tree into the larvae. After a few hours he noticed that the motile cells had surrounded the thorns.

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