Today in History - May 16

1165 - Rambam & his family reach Acre Palestine

1204 - Baldwin IX, Court of Flanders, is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire of Constantinople

1527 - Florence becomes a republic

1532 - Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England

1606 - 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia

1747 - Prince Willem V sworn in as admiral-general of Netherlands

1792 - Denmark abolishes slave trade

1795 - Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassal state

1796 - Lombardian Republic forms

1811 - Peninsular War: Allies defeat French at Albuera

1817 - Mississippi River steamboat service begins

1863 - Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA

1866 - Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer



1866 - US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)

1872 - Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time

1874 - 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Mass)

1881 - World's 1st electric tram enters service in Lichterfelder (nerar Berlin)

1903 - 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George WYmann)

1910 - US Bureau of Mines forms

1927 - Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax

1929 - 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor win

1936 - 1st British air hostess (Daphne Kearley) flight to France

1938 - 1st animal breeding society forms (NJ)

1939 - Food stamps are 1st issued

1948 - Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel

1948 - Egyptians enter the Gaza

1948 - Israel issues its 1st postage stamps

1960 - Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California

1983 - Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel

1993 - Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull

2013 - Bill Gates becomes the world's richest man with $72.7 billion again after losing the position in 2008

2013 - Human stem cells are successfully cloned




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