What Happened on May 16


Historical Events

1571 – German astronomer Johannes Kepler, by his own calculations, is conceived at 4:37 AM
1605 – Camillo Borghese elected to succeed Pope Leo XI, becomes Pope Paul V
1914 – Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
1940 – Nazis forbid non-professional auto workers
1968 – Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
1983 – Chinese American architect I. M. Pei is awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in New York

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Famous Birthdays

1824 – Levi Parsons Morton, American ambassador and politician (R) (Vice President of the United States 1889-93, Governor of New York 1895-96), born in Shoreham, New York (d. 1920)
1904 – Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1928; Montreal Maroons) and politician (House of Commons of Canada 1935-40), born in Barrie, Ontario (d. 1982)
1916 – Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney’s animated film, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
1946 – Roger Earl, British drummer (Foghat – “Slow Ride”), born in Hampton Court Palace, London, England
1972 – Keith Burns, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Greeleyville, South Carolina
1975 – Tonéx, American singer

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Famous Deaths

1265 – Saint Simon Stock, English saint (b. 1165)
1835 – Felicia Dorothea Hemans, English-Welsh poet (“The boy stood on the burning deck”, “The stately homes of England”), dies of dropsy at 41
1971 – Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
1983 – Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
2001 – Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
2020 – Tony Yates, American college basketball point guard (National C’ship 1961, 62; Cincinnati Bearcats) and head coach (Cincinnati 1983-89), dies at 82

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