May 16 in Pop Culture History

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May 16 in Pop Culture History
1866 – Root Beer was invented by Charles Elmer Hires in Philadelphia, PA.

1946 – The first magnetic tape recorder was demonstrated by Jack Mullin.

1964 # 1 Hit May 16, 1964 – May 29, 1964: Mary WellsMy Guy. Motown Records got its first #1 hit with the song.

1981 # 1 Hit May 16, 1981 – June 19, 1981: Kim CarnesBette Davis Eyes

1983 – The concert special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever was broadcast by NBC; Michael Jackson performed his ‘moonwalk’ dance for the first time on television.

1986 – Top Gun was released in theaters

1987 # 1 Hit May 16, 1987 – June 5, 1987: U2With or Without You

1988 – Nicotine was declared to be addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine, in a report released by US Surgeon-General C. Everett Koop.

1991 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addressed a joint session of the United States Congress.

1996 – 12 million people tuned in for the series finale of Murder, She Wrote on CBS. The show was the longest running American Murder-Mystery drama.

1998 – Unsolved Mysteries true-crime series ended.

2001 – Shrek debuted in theaters

2002 – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones was released in theaters

2008 – The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian debuted in theaters

2012 – The Dictator was released in theaters

2013 – Star Trek Into Darkness debuted in theaters

2014 – Broadcast journalist and TV personality Barbara Walters retired from ABC News and from daytime program The View.

2014 – Godzilla was released in theaters

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