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.
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)
- 177014-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.
- 1811Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.
- 1843The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
- 1874A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
- 1891The 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).
- 1914The first ever Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final is played. Brooklyn Field Club defeats Brooklyn Celtic 2-1.
- 1960Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
- 1969Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
- 1975India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favor of merging with India.
- 1975Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Who were born on May 16?
- 1718Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)
- 1801William H. Seward, American politician and diplomat (d. 1872)
- 1916Ephraim Katzir, Israeli politician (d. 2009)
- 1931Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director
- 1946Robert Fripp, English guitarist (King Crimson)
- 1950J. Georg Bednorz, German physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1952James Herndon, American media psychologist
- 1966Scott Reeves, American actor and singer
- 1979McKenzie Lee, English pornographic actress
- 1985Stanislav Ianevski, Bulgarian actor
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