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 - Andrew Johnson
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1868: The U.S. Senate acquits President Andrew Johnson of one of the articles of impeachment against him. In the first impeachment in history of a sitting United States president, the U.S. House of Representatives had impeached Johnson on Feb. 28, primarily charging him with violation of the Tenure of Office Act by removing Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton from office and replacing him with Maj. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas. The Senate vote on that charge was 35-19, one vote less than the required two-thirds tally to remove Johnson from office. Two more articles of impeachment would go down by the same margin 10 days later before Johnson's opponents gave up and dismissed the proceedings.


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