May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 229 days remaining until the end of the year. There are many great and memorable events that have occurred on on this day, these are just a few.

  • May 16 is also know as:
    • National Biographer’s Day
      • A Biography is a written account of someones life.
      • You can celebrate this day useing #NationalBiographer’sDay to post on social media.
    • National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day

      • A Coquilles is a various seafood or chicken dishes baked with a sauce and usually served in a scallop shell or a shell-shaped serving dish.
      • You can celebrate this day by making and enjoying a delicious Coquilles Saint Jacques Day
    • National Love a Tree Day
      • Celebrate this day by plating a new tree or just enjoying everything that trees have to offer.  You can also celebrate this day by using #LoveATreeDay to post on social media.
    • National Piercing Day
      • Day was created for a promotion for businesses that do piercings
        • Celebrate this day by using using #NationalPiercingDay to post on social media.
  • Historical Events
    • On May 16 1771 – The 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.
    • On May 16 1817 Mississippi River steamboat service begins
    • On MAy 16 1843 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
    • On May 16 1866 – The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
    • On May 16 1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
    • On May 16 1875 Eathquake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000
    • On May 16 1891 George A. Hormel & Co introduces Spam
    • On May 16 1951 – The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
    • On May 16 1968 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
    • On May 16 1977 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown
    • On May 16 1988  A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
    • On May 16 2015 – A passenger train collides with a tractor and trailer on a level crossing at Ibbenbüren, Germany. Two people are killed and 40 are injured.
  • Birthdays
    • Megan Fox (30)
    • Janet Jackson (50)
    • Kirstin Maldonado (24)
    • Joseph Morgan (35)
    • Pierce Brosnan (63)
    • Ju Ji-Hoon (34)
    • Drew Roy (30)
    • Tori Spelling (43)
    • Danny Trejo (72)
    • Ashley Wagner (25)
    • Grigor Dimitrov (25)

 

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