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)
- 1204Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
- 1874A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people.
- 1877May 16, 1877 political crisis in France.
- 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.
- 1929In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.
- 1960Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
- 1961Park Chung-hee leads a coup d'état to overthrow the Second Republic of South Korea.
- 2003In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
- 2005Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
Who were born on May 16?
- 1916Ephraim Katzir, Israeli politician (d. 2009)
- 1921Harry Carey, Jr., American actor
- 1960Landon Deireragea, Nauruan politician
- 1966Scott Reeves, American actor and singer
- 1972Khary Payton, American actor
- 1977Emiliana Torrini Icelandic singer and songwriter
- 1982Joo Ji Hoon, Korean actor and model
- 1985Anja Mittag, German footballer
- 1985Okura Tadayoshi, Japanese singer (Kanjani Eight)
- 1990Darko Sarovic, Serbian sprinter
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