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Thursday May 16, 2019

May 16: Day of the Week

May 16, 2019 was the 136th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 229 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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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)

  • 1204
    Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
  • 1874
    A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
  • 1877
    May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
  • 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).
  • 1920
    In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.
  • 1929
    In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
  • 1960
    Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • 1961
    Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.
  • 2003
    In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
  • 2005
    Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.

Who were born on May 16?

  • 1916
    Ephraim Katzir, Israeli politician (d. 2009)
  • 1921
    Harry Carey, Jr., American actor
  • 1960
    Landon Deireragea, Nauruan politician
  • 1966
    Scott Reeves, American actor and singer
  • 1972
    Khary Payton, American actor
  • 1977
    Emiliana Torrini Icelandic singer and songwriter
  • 1982
    Joo Ji Hoon, Korean actor and model
  • 1985
    Anja Mittag, German footballer
  • 1985
    Okura Tadayoshi, Japanese singer (Kanjani Eight)
  • 1990
    Darko Sarovic, Serbian sprinter

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