|William H. Seward|
May 16, 1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called The "Regulators," occurred in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
May 16, 1777 - Georgia Patriot Button Gwinnet was wounded in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh over who should command an expedition to secure Georgia's border with Florida. Gwinnet died three days later from his injury. He had won election to the Second Continental Congress.
May 16, 1801 - William H. Seward was born in Florida, New York. He would go on to serve as governor of New York and as U.S. Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
May 16–17, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette attended a military parade and spoke at Transylvania University and the Lexington Female Academy in Lexington, Ky.
May 16, 1836 – Edgar Allan Poe had a second wedding ceremony in Richmond, Va. with Virginia Clemm, this time in public.
May 16, 1843 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest set out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
May 16, 1860 - At the Republican convention in Chicago, Ill., Abraham Lincoln was selected as the party's candidate for president.
May 16, 1861 - Tennessee was officially admitted to the Confederacy.
May 16, 1863 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederates under John C. Pemberton at Champion's Hill. The Rebels went back into Vicksburg and Grant continued his advance toward Jackson, Miss.
May 16, 1869 - The Cincinnati Reds played their first baseball game.
May 16, 1882 – Reuben Chapman, who served as Alabama’s 13th governor, passed away at the age of 82 in Huntsville, Ala.
May 16, 1888 – Nikola Tesla delivered a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.
May 16, 1903 - Alabama author and librarian William Stanley Hoole was born in Darlington, S.C.
May 16, 1912 – Writer, historian and radio man Studs Terkel was born in New York City.
May 16, 1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood.
May 16, 1929 – Evergreen High School’s baseball team was scheduled to depart on a three-day road trip that would take them to games in Beatrice and Camden. The team was scheduled to play Beatrice on this Thursday afternoon, spend the night there and then travel to Camden for a game on Friday and a game on Saturday.
May 16, 1932 – Jackson, Ala. native and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Stew Bolen appeared in his final major league baseball game.
May 16, 1932 - The New York Yankees got their fourth consecutive shutout. The feat tied the record with Cleveland and Boston.
May 16, 1933 - Cecil Travis became the first player to get five hits in his first game.
May 16, 1939 – Jones Archaeological Museum opened in Moundville, Ala.
May 16, 1939 - The Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians met at Shibe Park in Philadelphia for the first baseball game to be played under the lights in the American League.
May 16, 1954 - Ted Williams got eight hits in his first game (a double-header) back after breaking his collarbone.
May 16, 1955 - Alabama author James Agee died in New York, N.Y.
May 16, 1965 - Krist Novoselic was born in Compton, Calif. He was the bassist and co-founder of the grunge band Nirvana.
May 16, 1965 - Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles made his pitching debut.
May 16, 1965 - The consecration service for the new church on the corner of Rural and Martin Streets in Evergreen, Ala. was held by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
May 16, 1966 - The Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds" was released.
May 16, 1972 - Greg Luzinski hit a home run in which the ball hit the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.
May 16, 1974 – The Evergreen Courant reported that, during a recent meeting, the Evergreen, Ala. City Council granted Sparta Academy a permit to construct a gym and auditorium.
May 16, 1974 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the 11th Annual Conecuh County FFA/4-H Barrow Show was “a great success” as 80 barrows were shown by FFA and 4-H Clbu members. Kenny Brown of the Evergreen FFA showed the Grand Champion barrow, a Duroc heavyweight. Steve Windham of the Evergreen FFA showed the Reserve Champion, a Hampshire barrow bred by Robert Ward of Evergreen.
May 16, 1979 - The National League approved the sale of the Astros from Ford Motors to John J. McMullen for $19 million.
May 16, 1981 - Craig Reynolds of the Houston Astros hit three triples against the Chicago Cubs.
May 16, 1992 - Weird Al Yankovic's "Smells Like Nirvana" hit No. 35 in the U.S.
May 16, 1996 - Sammy Sosa became the first Chicago Cub player to hit two home runs in one inning.
May 16, 1997 - Gary Gaetti of the St. Louis Cardinals recorded his 2,000th hit.
May 16, 1998 – Bear Grylls climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident. At 23, he was at the time among the youngest people to have achieved this feat.
May 16, 1998 - Author Viola Goode Liddell died in Camden, Ala.
May 16, 1999 - The 225th episode of "The Simpsons" was aired. The animated show had been airing since Jan. 14, 1990.