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 This day in History - May 16
458 Historic Events for May 16
1761

John Opie, artist

Birth
1762

Ernst Chreistian Hesse, composer, dies at 86

Death
1763

Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer James Boswell in London

Event
1763

Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)

Birth
1763

James Boswell's 1st meeting with Samuel Johnson

Event
1768

Cornelis Writer, fleet supervisor, dies at about 81

Death
1770

Marie Antoinette (14) marries future King Louis XVI (15) of France

Event
1777

Button Gwinnet, US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds

Death
1782

John Sell Cotman, water color artist

Birth
1782

Daniuel Charles Solander, botanist, dies

Death
1788

Friedrich Rckert, poet

Birth
1788

F Rckert, writer

Birth
1792

Denmark abolishes slave trade

Event
1795

Hedges Treaty: Bataafse Republic becomes French vassel state

Event
1796

Lombardije Republic forms

Event
1801

William Henry Seward, Sec of State (1861-69, buys Alaska at 2›/acre)

Birth
1803

Peace of Amiens ends

Event
1804

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator/founder (US kindergarten)

Birth
1804

Senate and Tribune declare Napolean leader of France

Event
1805

Christian Brunings, hydraulic engineer, dies at 68

Death
1806

George C Cadwalader, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879

Birth
1811

Peninsular War-Allies defeat French at Albuera

Event
1816

Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1886

Birth
1817

Mississippi River steamboat service begins

Event
1819

Daniel Ammen, Capt (Union Navy), died in 1898

Birth