May 16th

Human stem cells are successfully cloned.
Human cloning
Nicolas Sarkozy took over from Jacques Chirac as France's president.
Nicolas Sarkozy
Newsweek magazine retracted a story that claimed investigators had found evidence the Quran was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. The story had sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan.
Five simultaneous suicide attacks claimed the lives of 33 victims and a dozen suicide bombers in Casablanca, Morocco.
List of Islamist terrorist attacks
The remains of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were unearthed in Pakistan.
President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
Joseph Kabila
Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
Queen Elizabeth II
'Muppets' creator Jim Henson died at age 53.
Jim Henson
Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to conquer Mount Everest. The ascent by the Japanese adventurer came 22 years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit.
Junko Tabei
In China, the Cultural Revolution begins. The publication of the May 16 notification marks the beginning of the political campaign, which was initiated by Mao Zedong and lasted ten years. Its objective was to strengthen communism by removing capitalist, traditional and cultural elements from Chinese society.
Cultural Revolution
Theodore Maiman fires the first functional laser. The American physicist's invention, an advancement of earlier research by scientists in the U.S. and the Soviet Union, was patented in 1967.
Timeline of United States inventions (1946–91)
The Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, opened on Broadway.
Annie Get Your Gun (musical)
1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz.
History of the Jews in Hungary
Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs.
Operation Chastise
The Oscars are awarded for the first time. The first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner with about 270 attendees. Today, it is the world's most important entertainment awards ceremony.
1st Academy Awards
Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint.
Canonization of Joan of Arc
Albert Cushing Read takes off on the first transatlantic flight in history. The crossing from New York State, USA to Lisbon, Portugal on a Curtiss NC-4 flying boat took 19 days.
Transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown
The U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment against him. (He was acquitted of all charges.).
Andrew Johnson
Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.
Marie Antoinette