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5/16/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 16

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Today in History in 1929 the first Academy Awards were presented with "Wings", Emil Jennings and Janet Gaynor winning; in 1953 actor Pierce Brosnan was born in County Meath, Ireland; and in 1985 actress Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz), dies at age 82.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1920 - Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint
  • 1929 - 1st Academy Awards - "Wings", Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins
  • 1943 - -17th] Operation Chastise - the Dambusters Raid; 617 Squadron RAF bombs Möhne & Eder dams (Ruhr valley) with bouncing bombs
  • 1944 - 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
  • 2013 - Human stem cells are successfully cloned

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1801 - William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State, bought Alaska at 2 ¢/acre (d. 1872)
  • 1804 - Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator/founder (US kindergarten)
  • 1861 - H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], Gilmanton, New Hampshire, American serial killer
  • 1911 - Margaret Sullavan, Norfolk, Virginia, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner)
  • 1919 - [Wladziu Valentino] Liberace, West Allis Wisconsin, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman)
  • 1921 - Harry Carey Jr, Saugus California, actor (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), (d. 2012)
  • 1928 - Billy Martin, baseball 2nd baseman/manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • 1953 - Pierce Brosnan, County Meath Ireland, actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye)
  • 1955 - Debra Winger, Columbus Oh, actress (Officer & Gentleman)
  • 1966 - Janet Jackson, singer, Michael's sister (Control), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1986 - Megan Fox, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, American actress (Transformers) and model

Famous Weddings

  • 1152 - Eleanor of Aquitaine marries Henri of Anjou, handing the future King Henry II of England most of France, which is why kings of England claimed France for centuries thereafter.
  • 1770 - Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France
  • 1836 - US writer Edgar Allan Poe (26) marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm
  • 1880 - British writer Mary Anne Evans, pen name George Eliot, aged 60 marries John Cross, 20 years her junior
  • 1981 - Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson
  • 1987 - Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA
  • 1989 - MLB player Moises Alou (22) weds Austria Melo
  • 2006 - "Korn" bassist Fieldy (36) weds Deena Beber at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California
  • 2009 - Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2010 - British comedian David Walliams (38) weds supermodel Lara Stone (26) at Claridge's Hotel in London

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 - "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland (37) divorces former model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (42) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 8 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1703 - Charles Perrault, French author/fairy tale writer, dies at 75
  • 1956 - H. B. Reese, American founder of Reese's (b. 1876)
  • 1985 - Margaret Hamilton, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz), dies at 82
  • 1990 - Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53
  • 2013 - Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71

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