JFK tree planting (@ 1:39)
(Tuesday, May 16, 1961) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy, having just arrived for a state visit in Ottawa, Canada, badly strained his injured back tonight during a tree planting ceremony on the lawn of Government House. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time. He would be dependent on massive injections of painkillers as he faced Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna next month.
(“Jack Goes to Las Vegas,” March 19, 1961)
(Tuesday, May 16, 1961) — “The Jack Benny Program” won Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor and “Hallmark Hall of Fame” won Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama tonight at the 13th Emmy Awards, hosted by Dick Powell.
(Saturday, May 16, 1981) — Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes is the #1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the first of nine weeks (May 16/23/30, June 6/13/27, July 4/11/18, 1981).
(Thursday, May 16, 1991, 9:30 p.m. ET) — When Jerry goes out of town, Elaine uses his apartment for the baby shower of a woman George once dated on tonight’s episode of Seinfeld (click here to watch the full episode).
(Wednesday, May 16, 2001, 9 p.m. ET) — A tropical storm is bearing down on Washington on the day the president is to disclose to the American people that he has MS on tonight’s episode of the TV drama series The West Wing.