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This Day in History for May 16

1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.

1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins.

1866 – US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime)

1891 – George A. Hormel & Co establishes Geo. A. Hormel & Co. (Hormel Foods Corporation) in Austin, Minnesota.

1918 – The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government an imprisonable offense.

1927 – US Supreme Court ruled bootleggers must pay income tax.

1939 – Food stamps are 1st issued.

1951 – The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines.

1957 – US launches its 3rd atomic submarine, USS Sate, at Groton, Connecticut.

1957 – Yanks involved in Copacabana incident, leads to Billy Martin trade.

1963 – Gordon Cooper completes 22 orbits in Faith 7, ends US Project Mercury.

1965 – The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under it Franco-American board.

1967 – Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium.

1971 – US 1st class postage now cost 8 cents (was 6 cents)

1977 – 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in New York City.

1986 – Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from the dead on TV soap “Dallas”.

1987 – “Bobro 400” a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage sets sail from NYC, beginning an unsuccessful 8 week search for a dumping site.

1992 – Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock.

2011 – Space shuttle Endeavour launches on its final commission in space.

2013 – Bill Gates regains his position as the world’s richest man with $72.7 billion after losing the position in 2008.

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