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16th May

1770 Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France.

1905 * Henry Fonda, US actor who won an Oscar for his role in On Golden Pond (1980).

1919 * Liberace (Wladsiu Valentino), flamboyant US pianist and entertainer.

1929 The first Academy Awards ceremony was held.

1936 * Roy Hudd, English comedian, actor, writer and music hall enthusiast.

1943 Germans crushed Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto after a month of bloody fighting. Thousands were sent to concentration camps.

1943 The famous Dam Busters raid by 617 Squadron of Lancaster bombers took place.

1946 The Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, opened on Broadway.

1966 * Janet Jackson, US pop singer.

1968 Two women and a man were killed after an entire corner of a new tower block of flats in London's East End collapsed.

1974 Dozens died as Israeli planes bombed seven Palestinian refugee camps and villages in southern Lebanon in reprisal for Ma'alot.

1975 Junko Takei from Japan became the first woman to scale Mount Everest.

1985 Two South Wales miners were jailed for life for the murder of taxi driver David Wilkie during the miners' strike.

1990 The government attempted to reassure the public that British beef was safe despite growing fears over BSE. The Minister of Agriculture, John Gummer, invited newspapers and camera crews to photograph him feeding
a beef burger to his four-year-old daughter.

1990 Van Gogh's portrait of Dr. Gachet sold at Christies, New York for $82.5 million.

1997 President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by
Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.

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