Today in History
May 16

1770Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.
1863At the Battle of Champion's Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.
1868President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.
1879The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.
1920Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.
1928The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.
1943A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany.
1951Chinese Communist Forces launch second step, fifth-phase offensive and gain up to 20 miles of territory.
1960A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.
1963After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.

Born on May 16
1801William Henry Seward, U.S. Secretary of State (1861-1869).
1804Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, founder of the first U.S. kindergarten.
1824Edmund Kirby-Smith, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
1850Johannes von Mikulica-Radecki, Polish surgical pioneer.
1886Douglas Southall Freeman, journalist, historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.
1905Henry Fonda, American actor (Grapes of Wrath, On Golden Pond).
1912Studs Terkel, author and historian.
1913Woody Herman, jazz bandleader.
1929Betty Carter, jazz singer.
1929Adrienne Rich, poet (Diving into the Wreck).
1955Olga Korbut, Olympic gymnast.

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