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May 16, 1929. Emil Jannings becomes the first person to ever collect an Oscar, winning it for Best Actor at the inaugural Academy Awards ceremony. Wings was picked for the prize that eventually became named Best Film, and remains the only silent film to win an Oscar in that category. Janet Gaynor was voted Best Actress. The Awards were created by Louis B Mayer, and the first ceremony, hosted by Douglas Fairbanks, lasted just 15 minutes. It was the last time the Awards weren’t broadcast on radio or television.

Also on May 16: Marie Antoinette marries Louis-Auguste, later Louis XVI of France (1770); Joan of Arc is canonised (1920); Japanese Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest (1975)

Born on May 16: Henry Fonda (1905), Christian Lacroix (1951), Pierce Brosnan (1953), Janet Jackson (1966)

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