This Day in History: May 16

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

1943 – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising suppressed. On this day in 1943, Nazi troops quelled the monthlong Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in which Polish Jews, led by Mordecai Anielewicz and the Jewish Fighting Organization, resisted deportation to the Treblinka extermination camp.

Nicolas Sarkozy

2007 – French politician Nicolas Sarkozy was sworn in as president of France; defeated at the polls in 2012, he became only the second French president to fail in a reelection bid since the foundation of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

Mount Everest: Khumbu Icefall

1975 – Tabei Junko of Japan, accompanied by Ang Tsering of Nepal, became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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