Welcome to the dates dictonery

The complete guide for learning what happened on a specific date, fun and crazy facts, holidays and speial events that heppend on any day.


what-happened-on gives you almost all the interesting facts there is to know about any date from the day you were born until today!
Interesting facts, strange holidays and event that you could never have imagined exist.
Look for your birthday page or your loved ones birthday page and you'll be surprise the things you'll find there.
Instead of wasting your free time what-happened-on will wait for you with some awesome facts and fun things to learn each and every day.
Feel free to even leave a comment on your favorites days or just say congrats to your loved ones on their birthday wall.


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History Facts:

16-05-1571 Johannes Kepler - by his own calculations - is conceived at 4:37 AM
16-05-1763 James Boswell meets Samuel Johnson - in London
16-05-1770 Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France
16-05-1866 Congress authorizes nickel 5› piece (replaces silver half-dime)
16-05-1868 President Johnson acquitted in Senate - by 1 vote
16-05-1872 Metropolitan Gas Company lamps lit for 1st time
16-05-1914 Ewing Field - near Masonic Street - opens
16-05-1920 Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome
16-05-1927 Bob Meusel steals 2nd 3rd & Home
16-05-1929 1st Academy Awards (Best film is Wings)
16-05-1948 Israel issues its 1st stamps
16-05-1955 American author & critic James Agee died in NY
16-05-1956 Kraft Theatre presented an act from Profiles in Courage
16-05-1957 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident - leads to Billy Martin trade
16-05-1963 Gordon Cooper completes 22 Earth orbits in Faith 7
16-05-1969 Venera 5 lands on Venus
16-05-1971 1st class postage now costs 8› (was 6›)
16-05-1975 Japanese Junko Tabei became 1st woman to reach Mt Everest's summit
16-05-1982 Canucks 1-Isles 3 - Stanley Cup- Isles win cup 4-0 (15-4)
16-05-1983 Isles win 3rd Cup in row def Canucks in Vancouver 3-1 in game 4

Famous Birthdays:

16-05-1763 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist, discoverer of chromium, beryllium
16-05-1801 William H. Seward, bought Alaska
16-05-1824 Levi Parsons Morton, (R), 22nd US VP (1889-93)
16-05-1905 Henry Fonda, Actor (Mr. Roberts) Grand Is Nebraska
16-05-1912 Studs Terkel, author (Working)
16-05-1913 Woody Herman, Bandleader
16-05-1919 Liberace (Wladziu Liberace), candelabrist
16-05-1924 Frank F. Mankiewicz, columnist
16-05-1928 Billy Martin, baseball manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
16-05-1931 Lowell Weicker, R-Conn, Sen
16-05-1952 Pierce Brosnan, in Israel
16-05-1955 Debra Winger, in Columbus Oh (Officer & Gentleman)
16-05-1955 Olga Korbut, Soviet Olympic gymnast
16-05-1966 Janet Jackson, singer/Michael's sister