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May 16 Born today Actor James Bolam, 74, actor Roy Hudd, 73, guitarist Robert Fripp, 63, presenter Judy Finnegan, 61, actor Pierce Brosnan, 56, actress Debra Winger, 54, singer Janet Jackson, 43, singer Gabriela Sabatini, 39, actress Tori Spelling, 36, actress Megan Fox, 23..

1835 Writer Edgar Allan Poe, then 26, married his 13-year-old cousin.

1920 Joan of Arc was canonised as a saint.

1929 The first Academy Awards ceremony took place in Los Angeles.

1943 The Germans crushed a Jewish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto.

1960 Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev demanded an apology from America over its U2 spy plane flights.

1974 Josef Broz Tito was re-elected as president of Yugoslavia. He was awarded the title for life..

1975 Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Everest.

1985 Two miners were jailed for murdering taxi driver David Wilkie..

1990 Minister of Agriculture John Gummer was filmed controversially trying to feed a beefburger to his four-year-old daughter in a bid to ease fears over BSE.

2001 Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott punched a protester who threw an egg at him.

2007 Alex Salmond becomes the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected First Minister of Scotland..
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 16, 2009
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