Holidays Calendar for May 16, 2016

SPLA Day is a public holiday in South Sudan celebrated annually on May 16. It commemorates the formation of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

The third Monday in May is Discovery Day in the Cayman Islands. This holiday celebrates the discovery of the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman by Christopher Columbus in 1503.


Biographer's Day is an informal celebration that honors authors who write accounts of other people's lives. It is observed on May 16. But why was this date set aside for celebration?

Teachers' Day in Malaysia is held annually on May 16. Although it is not an official school holiday, celebrations are typically held in schools throughout the country. If May 16 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.

Mass Graves Day is an annual remembrance day in Iraq held on May 16. It commemorates the victims of Saddam Hussein's regime.

May 16 is National Coquilles St. Jacques Day. If you adore French cuisine and want to make something delicious, begin with scallops.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Two improvised explosive devices were detonated in the Gikomba market in Nairobi, Kenya. At least 12 people were killed in these attacks.
  • 2013 Died: Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist who was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Gerd Binning and Ernst Ruska.
  • 2012 Died: Chuck Brown, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer who is often referred to as the "Godfather of Go-go".
  • 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy officially took office as President of France. He was the sixth president of the Fifth Republic and the 23th president in the history of France.
  • 2003 Died: Mark McCormack, American lawyer, sports agent, and author primarily remembered as the founder of International Management Group.
  • 1997 Mobutu Sese Seko, the President of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) fled the country after being overthrown by Laurent-Désiré Kabila.
  • 1990 Died: Sammy Davis Jr., American singer, tap dancer, actor, and musician. In 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 1990 Died: Jim Henson, American puppeteer, film director and producer, screenwriter, actor, and cartoonist. He is best known as the creator of The Muppet Show.
  • 1990 Born: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, English actor best known for his roles as Sam in Love, Actually and Newt in The Maze Runner and its sequel.
  • 1986 Born: Megan Fox, American actor prominence who is best known for her breakout role as Mikaela Banes in the 2007 action film Transformers.
  • 1984 Died: Irwin Shaw, American dramatist, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story writer whose best known works include The Young Lions and Rich Man, Poor Man.
  • 1975 Japanese mountain-climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 1992, she also became the first woman to complete the Seven Summits.
  • 1973 Born: Tori Spelling, American actress and author who is best known for her role as Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210 created by her father.
  • 1969 Born: David Boreanaz, American actor and producer known for his roles as Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel and Seeley Booth on Bones.
  • 1966 Born: Janet Jackson, American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and record producer. She is the youngest child of the famous Jackson family.
  • 1961 Park Chung-hee and his allies carried out a military coup d'état in South Korea, overthrowing the Second Republic. The legacy of this coup is controversial.
  • 1955 Born: Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast who won four gold and two silver Olympic medals. She was the first woman to perform a backflip on bars.
  • 1953 American journalist William N. Oatis was released after spending 22 months in a Czechoslovakian prison. He had been charged with espionage.
  • 1953 Died: Django Reinhardt, French guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity. He is considered to be the first important European jazz guitarist.
  • 1953 Born: Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor and film producer best known as the fifth actor to play the role of James Bond. He appeared in four James Bond films.
  • 1943 The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop personally pushed a detonator button to demolish the Great Synagogue of Warsaw.
  • 1929 The first Academy Awards presentation was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. 15 statuettes were awarded during a fifteen-minute ceremony.
  • 1923 Born: Merton Miller, American economist who was awarded the 1990 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, sharing it with two other economists.
  • 1920 Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc, The Maid of Orleans. Her feast day is May 30, it is widely celebrated by many Catholics, especially in France.
  • 1905 Born: Henry Fonda, American stage and film actor, the patriarch of a family of famous actors. His prolific acting career spanned over five decades.
  • 1830 Died: Joseph Fourier, French mathematician and physicist who is best known for his investigation of Fourier series. He is credited with the discovery of the greenhouse effect.
  • 1818 Died: Matthew Lewis, English novelist and playwright. His best known work is Gothic novel The Monk: A Romance, first published in 1796.
  • 1770 14-year-old Marie Antoinette of Austria married 15-year-old Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, who would later become King Louis XVI.
  • 1718 Born: Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician and philosopher. She is remembered for her study of the curve known as the Witch of Agnesi.
  • 1703 Died: Charles Perrault, French author who laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale. He is known for his interpretations of folk tales.