Thursday, May 16, 2013


MAY 16

What was happening on this day in modern history? Let's take a look at some of the big events, Birthdays, and anniversaries for May 16th....

1891 - George A Hormel & Co introduce Spam.

1940's Hormel Spam ad

1903 - George Wyman makes 1st motorcycle trip across the US.
1905 - Henry Fonda, Grand Is Nebraska, actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond) is born.

1910 - US Bureau of Mines forms.
1911 - Remains of a neanderthal man found in Jersey UK.
1911 - Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf.
1913 - Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds) is born.
1919 - Liberace, [Wladziu Valentino] West Allis Wisconsin, pianist, is born.

Liberace and Elvis, 1956

1920 - Joan of Arc (Jean D'arc) canonized a saint.
1921 - Harry Carey Jr, Saugus California, actor (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), (d. 2012) is born.
1922 - White Star Line Majestic completes 5½ day maiden voyage.
1927 - Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax.
1928 - Billy Martin, baseball 2nd baseman/manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's) is born.
1929 - In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
1937 - Yvonne Craig, Taylorville Ill, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin) is born.

1939 - Food stamps are 1st issued.
1940 - Nazi's forbid non-professional auto workers.
1941 - Germans made their last major air attack on Britain.
1943 - Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting.
1944 - 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz.
1945 - Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa.
1946 - Musical "Annie Get Your Gun," starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC.
1953 - Pierce Brosnan, County Meath Ireland, actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye) is born.

Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007

1955 - Heavyweight Rocky Marciano KOs Don Cockell in SF.
1955 - Debra Winger, Columbus Oh, actress (Officer & Gentleman) is born.
1955 - Olga Korbut, Grodno Belorussia, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1972) is born.
1963 - Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Proj Mercury.
1965 - The Beach Boys appear on the "The Ed Sullivan Show" and perform "Help Me Rhonda."
1965 - Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa South Vietnam.
1965 - The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.
1966 - Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released.

1966 - Janet Jackson, Gary Indiana, singer, Michael's sister (Control) is born.
1969 - The Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault.
1969 - Tracey Gold, NYC, actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday) is born.
1970 - Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70.
1971 - 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents).
1975 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title.
1975 - Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK.

1980 - Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis.
1980 - Dr. George C. Nichopoulous is indicted in Memphis on 14 counts of overprescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine other patients.
1981 - "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks.
1982 - "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances.
1984 - Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35.
1985 - Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year.
1986 - "Top Gun," premieres.
1986 - Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas.


1988 - Surgeon Gen C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin.
1988 - US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant.
1990 - Sammy Davis Jr, singer/actor (Golden Boy), dies at 64.

1990 - Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53.

1993 - Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head.
1994 - Jacqueline Onassis admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment.
1995 - Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier.
2005 - Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
2011 - Space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final commission in space.

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