May 16: Day of the Week
May 16, 2021 was the 136th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 229 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
- 1866The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
- 1874A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
- 1877May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
- 1919A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
- 1920In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.
- 1929In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
- 1953American journalist William N. Oatis is released after serving 22 months of a ten-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechslovakia.
- 1960Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
- 2003In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
Who were born on May 16?
- 1824Levi P. Morton, 22nd United States Vice President (d. 1920)
- 1916Ephraim Katzir, Israeli politician (d. 2009)
- 1943Marko Kravos, Slovenian poet
- 1945Alan Flusser, American clothing designer
- 1955Hazel O'Connor, English singer
- 1961Charles Wright, American professional wrestler
- 1968Chingmy Yau, Hong Kong actress
- 1972Derek Mears, American actor
- 1977Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1998Ariel Waller, Canadian actress
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