Lost and Found – May 16th Edition

What to remember about May 16th…

  • 1777  Georgia Patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett receives is wounded in a duel; dies 3 days later from infection
  • 1849  Amidst massive cholera outbreak, New York City Board of Health establishes a hospital to deal with epidemic; more than 5000 will die
  • 1863  Union victory at Battle of Champion Hill cuts off rebel city of Vicksburg, Mississippi; six-week siege to take the city begins
  • 1868  Senate votes against impeachment and acquits President Andrew Johnson of “high crimes and misdemeanors”
  • 1918  Sedition Act of 1918 is enacted; forbids “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt; penalty is 5 to 20 years in prison
  • 1920  Joan of Arc is canonized as a Catholic saint by Pope Benedict XV
  • 1929  Dinner banquet is held to honor winners of the 1st Academy Awards; Wings is the 1st and only silent film to win an Oscar
  • 1943  Warsaw Ghetto uprising ends as Nazis blow up last remaining synagogue and begin mass deportation of remaining Jews to death camp
  • 1948  Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel
  • 1966  Cultural Revolution begins as Communist Party of China issues “May 16 Notice”; in it Mao Zedong justifies the coming bloodshed
  • 1991  Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to ever address a joint session of the U.S. Congress
  • 2005  National Assembly of Kuwait votes in favor of women’s suffrage subject to Islamic law
  • 2011  NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor is launched on its 25th and final mission


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