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This Day in History for May 16

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1860 – Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate.

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

1914 – American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City.

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

1938 – 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta, Ga)

1939 – US food stamps are 1st issue in Rochester, New York.

1946 – Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields’ musical “Annie Get Your Gun” starring Ethel Merman and featuring “There’s No Business Like Show Business” opens at Imperial Theater, NYC.

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

1954 – Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone.

1961 – 13th Emmy Awards: Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr & Barbara Stanwyck win.

1965 – The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.

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

1979 – NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J. McMullen for $19M.

1982 – “Barnum” closes at St. James Theater NYC after 854 performances.

1985 – Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of the Year.

1992 – Polls show Perot, Bush & Carter could be in a deadlock in race for President.

1996 – Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning.

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.

2019 – Last episode of TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco after 12 seasons.

2020 – 118-year old American department store JC Penny files for bankruptcy.

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