TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON – MAY 16
0955 Alberich II, illegitimate son of Octavianus elected pope
1568 Mary Queen of Scotland flees to England
1770 Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.
1860 Republican convention (Chicago) selects Abraham Lincoln candidate
1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer
1868 President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.
1879 The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.
1891 George A Hormel & Company introduce Spam
1918 The Sedition Act is passed by the U.S. Congress, creating more harsh penalties aimed at people who were against American participation in World War I.
1920 Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.
1927 Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax
1939 Food stamps are 1st issued
1944 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
1951 Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory.
1960 A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.
1963 Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Project Mercury
1965 Spaghetti-O’s 1st sold
1988 Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
1988 US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant
1991 Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
1997 President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
2013 Human stem cells are successfully cloned
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