On this day

In 2012, The pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II took place on the River Thames. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 16 May?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 2012, The pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II took place on the River Thames. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 16 MAY

2011 | STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from Kennedy Space Station on the 25th and was the final space shuttle of Space Shuttle Endeavor.

2005 | Kuwait allowed women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

1991 | Queen Elizabeth II of Britain addressed a joint session of the US Congress. She became the first British monarch to address the US Congress.

1988 | A report by US surgeon C. Everett Koop stated that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.

1974 | Josip Broz Tito was elected president for life of Yugoslavia on this day.

1966 | China’s Communist Party issued a “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.

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BIRTHDAYS

1952 | American psychologist and academic, James Herndon.

1942 | English lawyer and judge, David Penry-Davey.

1966 | American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress, Janet Jackson.

1953 | American singer-songwriter and bass player, Richard Page.

1965 | Estonian computer scientist, engineer, and academic, Tanel Tammet.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2010 | American pianist, composer, and bandleader, Hank Jones, 92.

1955 | American novelist, screenwriter, and critic, James Agee, 46.

2013 | American politician, Angelo Errichetti, 85.

2019 | Australian politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke,90.

2005 | American general, Andrew Goodpaster, 90.

SPORTS

2017 | On this day, Zabaleta and Kolarov left Manchester City.

ENTERTAINMENT

2008 | On this day, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” was released in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

In Tanzania, the use of the left hand to greet someone is considered rude and disrespectful.