Interesting facts about This day in history May 16th
- 1920 – Joan of Arc (Jeanne D’arc) is canonized a saint.
- 1943 – Operation Chastise: 617 squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters raid, bombing the Mohne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs.
- 1944 – The first of more than 180,000 Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz.
- 1989 – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30 year rift.
- 2013 – Human stem cells are successfully cloned.
Today in Film and TV
- 1929 – First Academy Awards: “Wings”, Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor win.
- 1986 – “Top Gun”, directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premieres.
Today in Music
- 1946 – “Annie get you Gun” musical by Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields opens at Imperial Theatre NYC, starring Ethel Merman and featuring “There’s no business like show business”.
Today in Sport
- 1948 – First chess world champion since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5 player tournament to begin 20 year Russian domination.
- 1985 – Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of the year.