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Wednesday May 16, 2018

May 16: Day of the Week

May 16, 2018 was the 136th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 229 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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May 16 Historical Event(s)

  • 1770
    14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.
  • 1811
    Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.
  • 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.
  • 1874
    A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
  • 1891
    The International Electro-Technical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world’s first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electrical current (the most common form today).
  • 1914
    The first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final is played. Brooklyn Field Club defeats Brooklyn Celtic 2-1.
  • 1960
    Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • 1969
    Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
  • 1975
    India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favor of merging with India.
  • 1975
    Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Who were born on May 16?

  • 1718
    Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)
  • 1801
    William H. Seward, American politician and diplomat (d. 1872)
  • 1916
    Ephraim Katzir, Israeli politician (d. 2009)
  • 1931
    Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director
  • 1946
    Robert Fripp, English guitarist (King Crimson)
  • 1950
    J. Georg Bednorz, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1952
    James Herndon, American media psychologist
  • 1966
    Scott Reeves, American actor and singer
  • 1979
    McKenzie Lee, English pornographic actress
  • 1985
    Stanislav Ianevski, Bulgarian actor

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