May 16

This Day in History

1718

First Female Professor Born

Born in Italy on this day in 1718, Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a highly esteemed 18th-century mathematician, linguist, and philosopher. She wrote the first book to ever discuss both differential and … (more...)

1943

Operation Chastise – The Dam Busters

One of the most famous air raids of the Second World War took place on the night of 16-17 May 1943, involving a squadron of Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancaster bombers sent to attack large dams servicing … (more...)

1968

Protests mount in France

On May 16, 1968, after nearly two weeks of sporadic street fighting in Paris, students take over the Sorbonne University, demanding radical solutions to France's unemployment problem. Their example … (more...)

1983

Singer Nancy Ajram Born

On this day in 1983, multi-platinum Lebanese recording artist Nancy Ajram was born. Ajram is one of the most influential personalities in the Middle East and a chart-topping internet phenomenon. … (more...)