Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/May 16
This is a list of selected May 16 anniversaries that appears on 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 soon will 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 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled May 16, 2018 featured article or the May 16, 2018 featured picture.
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|1204 – Fourth 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|1527 – The Medici were driven from Florence and a republic was re-established.||outdated|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|
|1866 – Root 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|
|1943 – Royal Air Force Dambusters embarked on a raid to deploy bouncing bombs on German dams in Operation Chastise during the Second World War.||refimprove|
|1960 – American physicist Theodore Maiman operated the first working laser at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.||refimprove section|
|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.||Need to verify date, fact not in article|
|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|
- 1866 – The United States Congress authorized the minting of the country's first copper-nickel five-cent piece, the Shield nickel.
- 1918 – The Sedition Act was passed in the United States, forbidding Americans from using "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the United States government, flag, or armed forces during the ongoing World War I.
- 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.
- 1975 – Based on the results of a referendum held about one month earlier, Sikkim abolished its monarchy and was annexed by India, becoming its 22nd state.
- 1811 – Peninsular War: An allied force of British, Spanish, and Portuguese troops clashed with the French at the Battle of Albuera south of Badajoz, Spain.
- 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.
- 1929 – The 1st Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
- 1961 – The Military Revolution Committee, led by Park Chung-hee (pictured), carried out a bloodless coup against the government of Yun Bo-seon, ending the Second Republic of South Korea.
- 1975 – Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.