This Day in History: May 16th

Here are ten interesting events that took place on May 16th throughout history:

  1. 1770: Marie Antoinette, future queen of France, marries Louis-Auguste (later Louis XVI) in a lavish ceremony.
  2. 1866: The U.S. Congress approves the first nickel five-cent coin, known as the “Shield nickel.”
  3. 1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, takes place in Hollywood, California.
  4. 1960: Theodore Maiman operates the first working laser at Hughes Research Laboratories in California, marking a significant milestone in laser technology.
  5. 1983: The iconic television series “Cheers” airs its final episode after eleven successful seasons, leaving a lasting impact on sitcom history.
  6. 1991: Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to address the United States Congress during a visit to Washington, D.C.
  7. 2005: Kuwaiti women are granted the right to vote and run in parliamentary elections, marking a significant step towards gender equality in the country.
  8. 2011: The last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” airs, marking the end of its 25-year run as one of the most successful talk shows in television history.
  9. 2014: The National September 11 Memorial Museum officially opens to the public in New York City, commemorating the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  10. 2018: The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, aiming to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens in the digital age.

These events represent a diverse range of historical, cultural, and technological milestones that have occurred on May 16th over the years.

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