Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Today in History....May 16

On this day in …

* 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15

* 1866, Congress authorized minting of the first five-cent piece, also known as the "Shield nickel"

* 1868, the Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of the 11 articles of impeachment against him

* 1960, a Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the U.S.
in the wake of the U2 incident

* 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest

* 1991, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress

* 1997, the space shuttle Atlantis docked with Russia's Mir station.
ALSO: In Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko ended 32 years of autocratic rule, giving control of the country to rebel forces

* 2002, the remains of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were unearthed in Pakistan

* 2006, the Pentagon released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189 people on 9/11. ALSO: Richard Hatch, who had won $1 million in the debut season of "Survivor," was sentenced in Providence, R.I., to more than four years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his reality TV prize and other income. AND: Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden, the winningest coaches in Division I-A football, were elected to the college football Hall of Fame


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