Today in History: May 16

Today in History: May 16

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1770

Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.

1863

At the Battle of Champion's Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.

1868

President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.

1879

The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.

1920

Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.

1928

The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.

1943

A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany.

1951

Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory.

1960

A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.

1963

After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.