May 16th is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 229 days remaining until the end of the year.
1866 – The United States Congress authorized the minting of the country’s first copper-nickel five-cent piece, the Shield nickel.
1918 – The Sedition Act was passed in the United States, forbidding Americans from using “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, flag, or armed forces during the ongoing World War I.
1959 – The Triton Fountain in Valletta, one of Malta’s most important Modernist landmarks, was turned on for the first time.
1961 – The Military Revolution Committee, led by Park Chung-hee, carried out a bloodless coup against the government of Yun Bo-seon, ending the Second Republic of South Korea.
1975 – Based on the results of a referendum held about one month earlier, Sikkim abolished its monarchy and was annexed by India, becoming its 22nd state.
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