May 16: Day of the Week
May 16, 2022 was the 136th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 229 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.
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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)
- 1527The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic.
- 1532Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.
- 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.
- 1920In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc.
- 1951The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
- 1953American journalist William N. Oatis is released after serving 22 months of a ten-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechslovakia.
- 1983Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement rebels against the Sudanese government.
- 1988A report by United States’ Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
- 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?
- 1906Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (d. 2001)
- 1917George Gaynes, American actor
- 1917James C. Murray, American politician (d. 1999)
- 1923Merton Miller, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
- 1946Robert Fripp, English guitarist (King Crimson)
- 1953Kitanoumi Toshimitsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 55th Yokozuna
- 1969Steve Lewis, American athlete
- 1978David Ford, English singer and songwriter
- 1984Dario Cvitanich, Argentinian footballer
- 1992Jeff Skinner, Canadian ice hockey player
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