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16 May


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1763 - Louis Nicolas Vauquelin (French pharmacist)

1906 - Alfred Pellan (French Canadian painter)

1920 - Martine Carol (French actress)

1951 - Christian Lacroix (French fashion designer)

1977 - Jean-Sébastien Giguère (Canadian hockey player)


1703 - Charles Perrault (French author)

1830 - Joseph Fourier (French scientist)

1953 - Django Reinhardt (Belgian musician)


1770 - Marriage of Louis-Auguste, future king of France, and Marie Antoinette

1811 - Peninsular War: Battle of Albuera - Spain, Portugal, and Britain defeated France

1877 - France: political crisis - Crise du 16 mai

1920 - Jeanne d'Arc was canonized

1960 - Paris: At a Big Four summit, Nikita Khrushchev demanded an apology from US President Eisenhower

1965 - Campbell Soup Company introduced SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand

2003 - Morocco: Casablanca terrorist attacks

2007 - Inauguration of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of France

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