2021 May

May 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 16

May 16th is also known as Drawing Day and Sea Monkey Day.

This day marks the 136th day of 2021, and there’s another 229 days to go.

If you were born on May 16, your zodiac sign is Taurus.

You’re about to unearth some of the fascinating historical events that all fell on the day of May 16 including music, celebrity shenanigans, sports and more.

Did you know that on this day in 1874, the first recorded dam disaster happened in the US? The Mill River Dam collapse killed 139 and wiped out 4 Massachusetts towns in an hour.

Keep reading for more facts about May 16th in history!

What Happened On May 16 In History?

2019

The last episode of the 12 season TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” aired, starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco.

2006

The Apple MacBook was released.

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1986

Top Gun directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premiered.

1985

After his first year with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year.

1975

Muhammad Ali won the bout through a technical knockout in the 11th round against Ron for the heavyweight boxing title.

OTD in 1975: Muhammad Ali won the bout through a technical knockout in the 11th round against Ron for the heavyweight boxing title.
1966

The Beach Boys released their album “Pet Sounds” featuring the hit single “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”.

1947

Billie Holiday was arrested.

For possession of narcotics, the police arrested the singer in her New York apartment. When she went to court, her lawyer refused to come represent her and no one wanted to help her. She pleaded guilty and asked to go to a hospital.
1874

The first recorded dam disaster happened in the US.

The cheap and poorly made Mill River dam collapsed which killed 139 people and wiped out four towns in western Massachusetts within one hour. It was considered one of the worst dam disasters in the 19th Century.
1868

The US Senate failed to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote.

OTD in 1868: The US Senate failed to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote.
Andrew Johnson was on trial for impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors. The vote of the Senate ended up being 35-19, which was one vote short of the needed two-thirds majority.
1866

The US Congress approved the 5 cent nickel.

The bill was passed without any debate.

Did you know that on this day, May 16th 1874, the first recorded dam disaster happened in the US?