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  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday May 16, 1868

    Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

    The First Vote

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday May 16, 1868

    The first vote was taken on May 16 for the eleventh article. Prior to the vote, Samuel Pomeroy, the senior senator from Kansas, told the junior Kansas Senator Ross that if Ross voted for acquittal that Ross would become the subject of an investigation for bribery. Afterward, in hopes of persuading at least one senator who voted not guilty to change his vote, the Senate adjourned for 10 days before continuing voting on the other articles.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday May 16, 1868

    Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

    Article XI

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday May 16, 1868

    All republicans voted guilty (35 Votes), the majority of democrats also voted guilty (10 votes) and 9 democrats voted not guilty on Article XI.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 16, 1911

    Buckingham Palace

    Victoria Memorial

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 16, 1911

    The last major building work took place during the reign of King George V when, in 1913, Sir Aston Webb redesigned Blore's 1850 East Front to resemble in part Giacomo Leoni's Lyme Park in Cheshire. This new, refaced principal façade (of Portland stone) was designed to be the backdrop to the Victoria Memorial, a large memorial statue of Queen Victoria, placed outside the main gates.




  • Hughes Research Laboratories, Malibu, California, U.S.
    Monday May 16, 1960

    Laser

    Theodore H. Maiman operated the first functioning laser

    Hughes Research Laboratories, Malibu, California, U.S.
    Monday May 16, 1960

    On May 16, 1960, Theodore H. Maiman operated the first functioning laser at Hughes Research Laboratories, Malibu, California, ahead of several research teams, including those of Townes, at Columbia University, Arthur Schawlow, at Bell Labs, and Gould, at the TRG (Technical Research Group) company. Maiman's functional laser used a flashlamp-pumped synthetic ruby crystal to produce red laser light at 694 nanometers wavelength. The device was only capable of pulsed operation, due to its three-level pumping design scheme.




  • Yugoslavia
    Thursday May 16, 1974

    Josip Broz Tito

    The new Constitution was passed

    Yugoslavia
    Thursday May 16, 1974

    On 16 May 1974, the new Constitution was passed, and the 82-year old Tito was named president for life, a status that he would enjoy for the rest of his life.




  • Gilgit-Baltistan
    Monday May 16, 1988

    Bin Laden

    Gilgit massacre

    Gilgit-Baltistan
    Monday May 16, 1988

    Large numbers of Shias in the city and surrounding region of Gilgit were killed in a massacre that occurred in response to rumors of a massacre of Sunnis by Shias, in May 1988. Shia civilians were also subjected to rape.




  • Rwanda
    Monday May 16, 1994

    Rwandan genocide

    RPF had cut the road between Kigali and Gitarama

    Rwanda
    Monday May 16, 1994

    By 16 May, RPF (the Rwandan Patriotic Front) had cut the road between Kigali and Gitarama, the temporary home of the interim government.


  • England
    Wednesday May 16, 2007

    Prince Harry

    Dannatt's announcement

    England
    Wednesday May 16, 2007

    Harry was scheduled for deployment in May or June 2007, to patrol the Maysan Governorate. By 16 May, however, Dannatt announced that Harry would not serve in Iraq; concerns included Harry being a high-value target (as several threats by various groups had already been made against him) and the dangers the soldiers around him would face should any attempt be made on his life or if he was captured. Clarence House made public Harry's disappointment with the decision, though he said he would abide by it.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Largest non-combat airlifting operation in People's Liberation Army history

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    By May 15, Premier Wen Jiabao ordered the deployment of an additional 90 helicopters, of which 60 were to be provided by the PLAAF, and 30 were to be provided by the civil aviation industry, bringing the total number of aircraft deployed in relief operations by the air force, army, and civil aviation to over 150, resulting in the largest non-combat airlifting operation in People's Liberation Army history.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Rescue groups from several countries

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    On May 16, rescue groups from South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Russia, and Taiwan arrived to join the rescue effort.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    China stated it had also received $457 million in donated money and goods for rescue efforts

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    On May 16, China stated it had also received $457 million in donated money and goods for rescue efforts so far, including $83 million from 19 countries and four international organizations. Saudi Arabia was the largest aid donor to China, providing close to €40,000,000 in financial assistance, and an additional €8,000,000 worth of relief materials.


  • U.S.
    Monday May 16, 2011

    Donald Trump

    Trump announced he would not run for president

    U.S.
    Monday May 16, 2011

    On May 16, 2011, Trump announced he would not run for president in the 2012 election.


  • Kayin State, Myanmar
    Wednesday May 16, 2018

    Conflict in Myanmar

    Temporarily Postpone

    Kayin State, Myanmar
    Wednesday May 16, 2018

    On 17 May 2018, the Tatmadaw agreed to "temporarily postpone" their road project and to withdraw troops from the area.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday May 16, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    300K+ Deaths

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday May 16, 2020

    On 16 May 2020, the WHO announced that the number of deaths has surpassed the 300K mark with a total of 302,059 and 4,425,485 infections.


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