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Thursday 16 May 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Biographers Day
  • Love a Tree Day
  • National Barbecue Day and Pizza Party Day in USA
  • Restaurant Day (is occurs once per season. The third Saturday of February, May, August, and November)
  • Sea Monkey Day (They’re known as Artemia New York Ocean Science and go through anhydrobiosis, or hibernation when they are dried out. Then, with the right mixture of water and nutrients they can spring right back into life)
  • Teachers' Day in Malaysia
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day
  • World Dog Day (started by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016. Celebrated on the third Saturday of May)
  • World Whisky Day (Third Saturday of May)

Events

  • 1991 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
  • 1988 – A report by the Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
  • 1960 – Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • 1951 – The 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.
  • 1929 – In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards ceremony takes place.
  • 1919 – A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight.
  • 1891 – The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world's first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electric current (the most common form today).
  • 1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
  • 1866 – The United States Congress establishes the nickel.
  • 1843 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
  • 1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called The "Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • 1204 – Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.

Births

  • 1996 – Louisa Chirico, American tennis player
  • 1991 – Ashley Wagner, American figure skater
  • 1990 – Omar Strong, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Megan Fox, American actress
  • 1984 – Jensen Lewis, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Sonny Sandoval, American singer-songwriter and rapper
  • 1973 – Tori Spelling, American actress, reality television personality, and author
  • 1969 – David Boreanaz, American actor
  • 1969 – Steve Lewis, American sprinter
  • 1969 – Tucker Carlson, American journalist, co-founded The Daily Caller
  • 1968 – Ralph Tresvant, American singer and producer
  • 1967 – Doug Brocail, American baseball player and coach
  • 1966 – Janet Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress
  • 1966 – Scott Reeves, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1966 – Thurman Thomas, American football player
  • 1965 – Krist Novoselic, American bass player, songwriter, author, and activist
  • 1964 – Boyd Tinsley, American singer-songwriter and violinist
  • 1964 – John Salley, American basketball player and actor
  • 1963 – Rachel Griffith, Anglo-American economist
  • 1961 – Charles Wright, American wrestler
  • 1959 – Mare Winningham, American actress and singer-songwriter
  • 1959 – Mitch Webster, American baseball player
  • 1957 – Bob Suter, American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1957 – Joan Benoit, American runner
  • 1955 – Debra Winger, American actress
  • 1955 – Jack Morris, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Pierce Brosnan, Irish-American actor and producer
  • 1953 – Richard Page, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1952 – James Herndon, American psychologist and academic
  • 1951 – Jonathan Richman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Bruce Coville, American author
  • 1949 – Rick Reuschel, American baseball player
  • 1947 – Barbara Lee, American singer (d. 1992)
  • 1944 – Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American drummer, composer, and bandleader
  • 1944 – Danny Trejo, American actor
  • 1943 – Dan Coats, American politician and diplomat, 29th United States Ambassador to Germany
  • 1938 – Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1937 – Yvonne Craig, American ballet dancer and actress (d. 2015)
  • 1931 – Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., American soldier and politician, 85th Governor of Connecticut
  • 1929 – Adrienne Rich, American poet, essayist, and feminist (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Betty Carter, American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1929 – John Conyers, American lawyer and politician
  • 1928 – Billy Martin, American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)
  • 1925 – Nancy Roman, American astronomer
  • 1923 – Merton Miller, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1923 – Victoria Fromkin, American linguist and academic (d. 2000)
  • 1921 – Harry Carey, Jr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1919 – Liberace, American pianist and entertainer (d. 1987)
  • 1917 – Ben Kuroki, American sergeant and pilot (d. 2015)
  • 1917 – James C. Murray, American lawyer and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1914 – Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Woody Herman, American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)
  • 1912 – Studs Terkel, American historian and author (d. 2008)
  • 1909 – Margaret Sullavan, American actress and singer (d. 1960)
  • 1905 – Henry Fonda, American actor (d. 1982)
  • 1903 – Charles F. Brannock, American inventor and manufacturer (d. 1992)
  • 1898 – Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-American painter (d. 1980)
  • 1888 – Royal Rife, American microbiologist and instrument maker (d. 1971)
  • 1882 – Simeon Price, American golfer (d. 1945)
  • 1831 – David Edward Hughes, Welsh-American physicist, co-invented the microphone (d. 1900)
  • 1827 – Pierre Cuypers, Dutch architect, designed the Amsterdam Centraal railway station and Rijksmuseum (d. 1921)
  • 1824 – Edmund Kirby Smith, American general (d. 1893)
  • 1824 – Levi P. Morton, American banker and politician, 22nd United States Vice President (d. 1920)
  • 1804 – Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator who founded the first U.S. kindergarten (d. 1894)
  • 1801 – William H. Seward, American lawyer and politician, 24th United States Secretary of State (d. 1872)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Prashant Bhargava, American director and producer (b. 1973)
  • 2014 – Bud Hollowell, American baseball player and manager (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – Clyde Snow, American anthropologist and author (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Angelo Errichetti, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Bernard Waber, American author and illustrator (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Dick Trickle, American race car driver (b. 1941)
  • 2013 – Frankie Librán, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (b. 1948)
  • 2012 – Chuck Brown, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Ernie Chan, Filipino-American illustrator (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – James Abdnor, American soldier and politician, 30th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Kevin Hickey, American baseball player (b. 1956)
  • 2012 – Patricia Aakhus, American author and academic (b. 1952)
  • 2010 – Hank Jones, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1918)
  • 2010 – Ronnie James Dio, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)
  • 2008 – Robert Mondavi, American winemaker, co-founded the Opus One Winery (b. 1913)
  • 2005 – Andrew Goodpaster, American general (b. 1915)
  • 2003 – Mark McCormack, American lawyer and sports agent, founded IMG (b. 1930)
  • 1997 – Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • 1996 – Jeremy Michael Boorda, American admiral (b. 1939)
  • 1993 – Marv Johnson, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1938)
  • 1990 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer, director, producer, and screenwriter, created The Muppets (b. 1936)
  • 1990 – Sammy Davis Jr., American singer, dancer, and actor (b. 1925)
  • 1985 – Margaret Hamilton, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1984 – Andy Kaufman, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (b. 1949)
  • 1984 – Irwin Shaw, American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1913)
  • 1981 – Ernie Freeman, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1922)
  • 1979 – A. Philip Randolph, American union leader and activist (b. 1889)
  • 1973 – Jacques Lipchitz, Lithuanian-American sculptor (b. 1891)
  • 1961 – George A. Malcolm, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1881)
  • 1957 – Eliot Ness, American federal agent (b. 1903)
  • 1956 – H. B. Reese, American candy-maker and businessman, created Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (b. 1876)
  • 1955 – James Agee, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic(b. 1909)
  • 1955 – Manny Ayulo, American racing driver (b. 1921)
  • 1944 – George Ade, American journalist, author, and playwright (b. 1866)
  • 1938 – Joseph Strauss, American engineer, co designed The Golden Gate Bridge (b. 1870)
  • 1920 – Levi P. Morton, American politician, 22nd United States Vice President (b. 1824)
  • 1882 – Reuben Chapman, American lawyer and politician, 13th Governor of Alabama (b. 1799)
  • 1691 – Jacob Leisler, German-American politician, 8th Colonial Governor of New York (b. 1640)
  • 1669 – Pietro da Cortona, Italian painter and architect, designed the Santi Luca e Martina (b. 1596)
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