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.
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)
- 1811Peninsular War: The allies Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom, defeat the French at the Battle of Albuera.
- 1822Greek War of Independence: The Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.
- 1866The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
- 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).
- 1920In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.
- 1943Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends.
- 1953American journalist William N. Oatis is released after serving 22 months of a ten-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechslovakia.
- 1966The Communist Party of China issues the “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
- 1986The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
- 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?
- 1888Royal Raymond Rife, American inventor (d. 1971)
- 1913Woody Herman, American musician and band leader (d. 1987)
- 1930Betty Carter, American jazz singer (d. 1998)
- 1953Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor
- 1969David Boreanaz, American actor
- 1976Dirk Nannes, Dutch-born Australian cricketer
- 1983Daniel Kerr, Australian football player (AFL)
- 1984Dario Cvitanich, Argentinian footballer
- 1984Rick Rypien, Canadian hockey player (d. 2011)
- 1986Andy Keogh, Irish footballer
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