Wednesday, May 16, 2012

16th of May

It is the 136th day of the year, with only 229 days remaining.

1770 - 14-year-old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France.

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.

1868 - President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trail by one vote in the United States Senate.

1929 - In Hollywood, California, the first Academy Awards are handed out.

1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is put down, and ends.

1953 - American journalist William N. Oatis is released after serving 22 months of a ten-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechoslovakia.

1960 - Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

1988 - A report by United States' Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.

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