What Happened in July 1916

Historical Events

  • 1st British court martial (Easter uprising)
  • 1st Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market

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1st Honus Wagner, 42, is oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1st First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)

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2nd Lenin says Imperialism is caused by capitalism

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 2nd Russian offensive in Armenia
  • 3rd 1st of 3 fatal shark attacks occurred near NJ shore (4 die)
  • 7th The New Zealand Labour party is formed
  • 9th 1st cargo submarine to cross Atlantic arrives in US from Germany
  • 11th Congress passes Federal Aid Road Act
  • 11th Germany launches final offensive in the Battle of Verdun
  • 14th 33.6 cm rainfall at Effingham SC (state record)
  • 14th St Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitches all 17 inns in a 0-0 tie vs Boston
  • 15th 22.22" (56.4 cm) of rain falls in Altapass NC (state record)
  • 15th Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle Wash
  • 20th Giants trade Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
  • 22nd A bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in SF killing 10
  • 25th Explosion at Lake Erie & Cleveland Waterworks
  • 26th The US Protests the 'Blacklist' issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms
  • 29th Postal check & Girodienst establishes
  • 30th German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, NJ

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Olivia de Havilland, actress (the Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2nd Barry Gray, [Bernard Yaroslaw], interviewer (started call-in radio)
  • 2nd Ken Curtis, [Curtis Gates], actor (Ripcord, Festus - Gunsmoke), born in Lamar, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • 2nd Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII (d. 1982)
  • 4th Tokyo Rose, [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], propagandist (WW II)
  • 6th Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • 7th Luc Peire, Flemish painter/graphic artist
  • 7th Robert Stevens Baker, composer

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7th Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 9th Edward Heath, (C) British PM (1970-74)
  • 9th Joe Liggins, US composer (Pink Champagne)
  • 9th Sir Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer (d. 1984)
  • 10th Dick Cary, jazz Musician
  • 11th Gough Whitlam, (ALP) Australia, PM (1972-75)
  • 11th Howard Brubeck, composer
  • 11th Reg Varney, English actor
  • 14th Natalia Ginzburg, Italian author (Family dictionary)
  • 14th Phyllis Stedman, politician
  • 15th George Maduro, Antillian resistance fighter (Willemsorde/Madurodam)
  • 16th Harold Locke, archdeacon of Loughborough
  • 17th Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 18th Isaac [Ietje] A Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer/minister of Education
  • 18th Kenneth Armitage, English sculptor
  • 18th Johnny Hopp, baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 19th James D Ramage, US lt-Adm (WW II-Palau/Guam/Philippines)
  • 19th Phillip Cavaretta, baseball player (NL MVP 1945)
  • 22nd Hipolito M Ocalia, Curacao, landscape painter
  • 22nd Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1984)
  • 22nd Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • 23rd Ben Weber, composer (Thorne Music Award-1965), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 23rd Ronald Ridout, school textbook author
  • 24th Bob Eberly, Mechanicsville NY, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band)
  • 24th John D MacDonald, novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye)
  • 25th Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P)
  • 25th Lucien Saulnier, Quebec politician (d. 1989)
  • 27th Asfa Wossen, Crown prince of Ethiopia/son of emperor Haile Selassi
  • 27th Elbert "Skippy" Williams, tenor Sax player
  • 27th Keenan Wynn, actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor), born in New York City (d. 1986)
  • 27th Siegfried Reda, composer
  • 28th David Brown, film producer ("The Sting", "Jaws", "Cocoon"), born in NYC, New York
  • 28th Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 29th Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)
  • 29th Budd Boetticher, American film director (d. 2001)
  • 30th Robert van Spaendonk, Dutch resistance fighter
  • 30th Dick Wilson, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 31st Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), born in London, England
  • 31st Verdun Scott, NZ cricketer/rugby player
  • 31st Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1st Dwight Eisenhower marries Mary `Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver, Colorado

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Famous Deaths

  • 1st William Booth, cricketer (WW I 2 Tests for England 1913-14), dies

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3rd henrietta (Hetty) Green, (Witch of Wall Street), dies at 81

The Witch of Wall Street Hetty Green
The Witch of Wall Street
Hetty Green
  • 4th Alan Seeger, American war poet (b. 1888)
  • 6th Odilon Redon, French painter (b. 1840)
  • 11th Rik Wouters, Belgian painter/sculptor (Doll Virgin), dies
  • 12th Aritius S Talma, Dutch minister of Agriculture, dies at 52
  • 15th Ilya Mechnikov, Russian zoologist and bacteriologist known as the "father of natural immunity" (Nobel 1908), dies of heart failure at 71
  • 16th Ludwig P Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • 16th Victor Alexander Haden Horsley, physician, dies
  • 18th Benjamin C. Truman, American journalist and author
  • 22nd James Whitcomb Riley, American author and poet (b. 1849)
  • 23rd William Ramsey, chemist, dies
  • 26th Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, composer, dies at 52
  • 26th Sally Louisa Tompkins, American nurse and philanthrophist, only commissioned woman in US Confederate Army, dies at 82
  • 27th Charles Fryatt, British capt of SS Brussels, executed by Germans, dies
  • 30th Albert Neisser, German physician who discovered the bacterias that cause gonorrhea and leprosy, dies of septicemia at 61