On this day: May 16

POSTED: 12:19 AM PDT May 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 15, 2016 

Joan of Arc is sainted, the first Academy Awards are handed out, SpaghettiOs debut, "Pet Sounds" and "Blonde on Blonde" hit record store shelves, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Jim Henson pass away, all on this day.

OTD May 16 - Academy Awards
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1929: During a private banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the first Academy Awards are handed out. Statuettes were handed out in 12 categories during the 15-minute ceremony, honoring artists, directors and others in the filmmaking industry for their works during the 1927–1928 period. "Wings," a 1927 silent film about two World War I fighter pilot friends, won for "Outstanding Picture," which would later be renamed Best Picture.


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