Looking Back: On May 16…

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The 1st Academy Awards presented Charles Chaplin an honorary Oscar for his film “The Circus.”

The 1st Academy Awards presented Charles Chaplin an honorary Oscar for his film “The Circus.”

In 1771, the Battle of Alamance — the final battle of the War of the Regulation, a rebellion in colonial North Carolina over issues of taxation and local control — was fought.

In 1811,  an allied force of British, Spanish and Portuguese troops clashed with the French at the Battle of Albuera south of Badajoz, Spain, during the Peninsular War.

In 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc.

In 1929, the 1st Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.

In 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended during The Holocaust.

In 1953, American journalist William N. Oatis was released after serving 22 months of a 10-year prison sentence for espionage in Czechoslovakia.

In 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.

In 1966, Chinese leader Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution as a campaign to rid China of its liberal bourgeois elements and to continue revolutionary class struggle.

In 1988, a report by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.

In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom became the first British monarch to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

 

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