16 May It Happened Today
1703 Death of the French writer Charles Perrault.
1905 Birth of American actor Henry Fonda.
1919 Birth of American pianist Liberace.
1984 Death of American author Irwin Shaw.
1990 Death of American entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.
1990 A Japanese businessman pays $82.5 million for Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr Cachet at Christie’s auction house.