Thursday, May 16, is the 136th day of 2013. There are 229 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Jazz musician Billy Cobham is 69. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 60. Actress Debra Winger is 58. Olympic gold medal gymnast Olga Korbut is 58. Rock musician Krist Novoselic is 48. Singer Janet Jackson is 47. Actor David Boreanaz is 44. Tennis player Gabriela Sabatini is 43. Actress Tori Spelling is 40. Actress Megan Fox is 27.
In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.In 1868, the US Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on the 11 articles of impeachment against him.
In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
In 1943, the nearly monthlong Warsaw Ghetto Uprising came to an end as German forces crushed the Jewish resistance and blew up the Great Synagogue. An estimated 7,000 Jews were killed during the uprising, while about 7,000 others were summarily executed. The remaining Jews, more than 40,000 of them, were deported to concentration camps.
In 1961, Park Chung-hee seized power in South Korea in a military coup.
In 1975, Japan’s Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
In 1988, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released a report declaring nicotine was addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.