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Today’s GK Facts in History: 16 May

Today’s GK Facts in History

Today’s GK Facts in History for competitive exams – The first recorded use of the word “genealogy” was by the Greek historian Herodotus (484–425 BC). He used the term to describe the family tree of the Persian king Xerxes I. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin published his autobiography, A Journey From This World To The Next. It was the first book ever written entirely in prose.

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  • 1770, Marie Antoinette married the future King of France, Louis XVI.
  • 1868, The first vote on one of the 11 articles of impeachment in the US Senate acquitted President Andrew Johnson.
  • 1929, The first Academy Awards were presented on this night. Oscar was not used to describing the statuettes awarded to actors and actresses until 1931.
  • 1946, Irving Berlin’s musical, Anybody Get Your Gun, opened on Broadway.
  • 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to climb Mount Everest.
  • 1991, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
  • 1997, Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko ended 32 years of an autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
  • 1975 Junko Tabei became the first woman to climb Mount Everest, It was climbed by Japanese adventurers 22 years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the top.
  • 1966 In China, the Cultural Revolution begins, The publication of the notice on May 16 marks the beginning of the political campaign initiated by Mao Zedong and lasted ten years. His goal was to strengthen communism by eliminating Chinese society’s capitalist, traditional, and cultural elements.
  • 1960, Theodore Memon introduced the first functional laser, The invention of the American physicist, U.S. and advancement of earlier research by scientists in the Soviet Union, patented in 1967.
  • 1929 Oscar Awards were given for the first time, The first Academy Awards were presented at a private dinner with approximately 270 attendees. Today is the actual entertainment awards ceremony in the world.
  • 1919 Albert Cushing Reed made the first transatlantic flight in history, It took 19 days to cross from New York State, USA, to Lisbon, Portugal, in a Curtiss NC-4 seaplane.

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