TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 16,
the 136th day of 2018. There are 229 days left in the year.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY:
On this date in 1868, at the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, 35 out of 54 senators voted to find Johnson guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” over his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, falling one vote short of the twothirds majority needed to convict; the trial ended 10 days later after two other articles of impeachment went down to defeat, as well.
In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and a small band of soldiers landed on the northwestern coast of Peru.
In 1703 (Old Style calendar), the Russian city of Saint Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great.
In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.
In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
In 1939, the federal government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, N.Y.
In 1966, China launched the Cultural Revolution, a radical as well as deadly reform movement aimed at purging the country of “counter-revolutionaries.”
In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in California v. Greenwood, ruled that police could search discarded garbage without a search warrant.
In 1991, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress as she lauded U.S.-British cooperation in the Persian Gulf War.
Former U.S. Rep John Conyers, D-Mich., is 89. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is 75. Jazz musician Billy Cobham and actor Danny Trejo are 74. Actor Bill Smitrovich is 71. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 65. Actress Debra Winger and Olympic gold medal gymnast Olga Korbut are 63. Olympic gold medal marathon runner Joan Benoit Samuelson is 61. Actress Mare Winningham is 59. Rock musician Boyd Tinsley (The Dave Matthews Band) is 54. Rock musician Krist Novoselic is 53. Singer Janet Jackson and country singer Scott Reeves (Blue County) are 52. Actor Brian F. O’Byrne is 51. Actor David Boreanaz, political correspondent Tucker Carlson and actress Tracey Gold are 49. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Gabriela Sabatini is 48. Actress Tori Spelling is 45. Actor Sean Carrigan is 44. Actor Jim Sturgess is 40. Actor Joseph Morgan is 37. Actress Megan Fox, and actors Drew Roy and Jacob Zachar are 32. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Ashley Wagner is 27.