16th May

Born on this Day 16th May
1710 William Talbot
1905 Henry Fonda
1913 Woody Herman
1919 Liberace
1921 Harry Carey Jnr
1923 Peter Underwood
1926 Ronald Podrow
1936 Roy Hudd
1945 Nicky Chinn
1946 Robert Fripp
1948 Judy Finnigan
1948 Judy Finnegan
1951 Christian Lacroix
1952 Pierce Brosnan
1955 Debra Winger
1958 Glenn Gregory
1964 Lenny Kravitz
1966 Janet Jackson
1970 Gabriela Sabatini
1971 Rachel Goswell
1978 David Ford
1990 Thomas Sangster

Died On This Day
1703 Charles Perrault
1990 Sammy Davis Jnr
1990 Jim Henson


1969 Pete Townsend was arrested after assaulting an undercover New York policeman on stage at a WHO concert. The officer had rushed onto stage to warn the audience that the building next door was on fire, but when he tried to grab Roger Daltrey’s microphone Townsend thought he was a lunatic and kicked him in the groin.

1987 Dave Crosby and Graham Nash were both married at a double wedding at Nash’s Californian home.


1992 26 year old London flyweight Colin McMillan took the WBO title from Italy’s Maurizio Styecca at Alexandra Palace, North London.

1992 1500 metre runner Peter Elliot won the Grampian Mile at Aberdeen, quashing stories that an Achilles injury had threatened his career.

People & Showbiz

1770 14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.

1929 The Oscars were first presented in Hollywood.

1991 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addressed a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.

1999 At the first British Soap Oscars in London, ‘Coronation Street’ won the award for Best Soap, Ross Kemp won Best Actor for his portrayal of Grant Mitchell in ‘Eastenders’ and Barbara Windsor won Best Actress for the role of his mother Peggy Mitchell.

1999 The charity premier of the long awaited ‘Star Wars’ prequel ‘Episode One’: The Phantom Menace’ was held in Los Angeles and received mixed reactions.

General Events

1938 The Women’s Voluntary Service was inaugurated in Britain by the Marchioness of Reading. It did not receive its Royal title until 1966.

1943 19 Lancaster bombers, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, breached the German Mohne, Eder and Scorpe Dams, using special bouncing bombs in the famous Dam Busters raid.

1952 British Parliament voted in favour of equal pay for women.

1983 Kenneth Livingstone, leader of the Greater London Council, accused newspapers of portraying him as a ‘raving lunatic’.

1983 Police in London began fitting wheel clamps to illegally parked vehicles for the first time.

1989 Around half a million people crowded into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in a rally calling for democracy.

1989 The European Community introduced a directive which required tobacco manufacturers to inform the public of the dangers of smoking with new, hard-hitting messages printed on cigarette packets.

1990 Britain was among 34 countries which signed a declaration to fight global warming.

1991 Edith Cresson was appointed France’s first woman Prime Minister.

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