Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/May 16

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This is a list of selected May 16 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Teachers' Day in Malaysia refimprove
1204Fourth Crusade: Count Baldwin IX of Flanders was crowned the first Latin Emperor in Constantinople. unreferenced sections
1527 – The Medici were driven from Florence and a republic was re-established. outdated
1532 – Sir Thomas More resigned as Lord Chancellor of England. saved for July 6
1771 – The Battle of Alamance—the final battle of the War of the Regulation, a rebellion in colonial North Carolina over issues of taxation and local control—was fought. unreferenced section
1843 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest set out on the Oregon Trail with more than a hundred pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri. refimprove section
1866Root beer was first prepared commercially by American pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires. refimprove, date not in article
1877 – French President Patrice de Mac-Mahon dismissed Jules Simon and installed Albert, Duc de Broglie as Prime Minister, triggering a political crisis in the French Third Republic. refimprove
1891 – The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opened in Frankfurt, Germany, featuring the world's first long distance transmission of three-phase electric power from the generator 175 km (109 mi) away at Lauffen am Neckar. needs more footnotes
1916 – The United Kingdom and France signed the Sykes–Picot Agreement, a secret agreement considered to have shaped the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq and Syria. refimprove section
1943Royal Air Force Dambusters embarked on a raid to deploy bouncing bombs on German dams in Operation Chastise during the Second World War. refimprove
1966 – Chinese leader Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution officially as a campaign to rid China of its liberal bourgeois elements and to continue revolutionary class struggle. needs expert attention
1988 – A report by United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine. fact not in article; no article exists for the report
2003 – In the deadliest terrorist attack in Morocco's history, a series of suicide bombings in Casablanca killed 33 civilians and 12 out of the 14 bombers. refimprove
Nancy Roman (b. 1925) refimprove section



May 16

Theodore Maiman's laser
Theodore Maiman's laser

John Komnenos Vatatzes (d. 1182) · Pierre Gilliard (b. 1879) · Tucker Carlson (b. 1969)

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