Wednesday, May 16, 2012
What Happened Wednesday
On May 16...
1770 - Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.
1866 - The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted.
1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote.
1888 - The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.
1888 - The capitol of Texas was dedicated in Austin.
1914 - The American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas.
1920 - Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood.
1939 - The Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians met at Shibe Park in Philadelphia for the first baseball game to be played under the lights in the American League.
1946 - Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder.
1953 - Bill Haley and His Comets made it to the Billboard music charts for the first time with Crazy Man Crazy. The tune went to number six and became the first rock ’n’ roll record to make the pop music chart.
1960 - Theodore Maiman, at Hughes Research Laboratory in California, demonstrated the first working laser.
1963 - After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury.
1965 - Spaghetti-O's went on sale.
1971 - U.S. postage for a one-ounce first class stamp was increased from 6 to 8 cents.
1975 - Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
1985 - Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA.
1988 - A report released by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared that nicotine was addictive in similar was as heroin and cocaine.
1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage.
1991 - Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
1992 - The Endeavour space shuttle landed safely after its maiden voyage.
2005 - Sony Corp. unveiled three styles of its new PlayStation 3 video game machine.
2010 - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake is felt on Puerto Rico.
2011 - After 23 years running and 1151 fugitives caught, the FOX network cancels America's Most Wanted.
2012 - Playground Monitor blogs about this day in history and bores her audience to tears.
Famous May 16th birthdays:
Janet Jackson, Pierce Brosnan, Liberace, David Boreanaz, Henry Fonda, Debra Winger, Olga Korbut and some other people I either didn't know or really care about.
Got any exciting May 16th news?