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This Day in History: May 16

May 16: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1843 - The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
  2. 1866 - The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel.
  3. 1868 - President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate.
  4. 1969 - Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet space probe, lands on Venus.
  5. 2011 - STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the 25th and final flight for Space Shuttle Endeavour.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Levi P. Morton (American politician, 22nd United States Vice President), David Edward Hughes (Welsh-American scientist, co-invented the microphone), élie Metchnikoff (Ukrainian-French biologist and zoologist, Nobel Prize laureate), Merton Miller (American economist, Nobel Prize laureate), Georg Bednorz (German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate)

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