What Happened on May 31, 1916

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak): naval battle between British Grand Fleet and German High Seas Fleet: over 8,500 die in this inconclusive slaughter - although the German fleet never put to sea again.
  • British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, killing all but 6 (Battle of Jutland)

Famous Birthdays

  • Bert Haanstra, Holten Netherlands, director (Fanfare)
  • John Vivyan, actor (Mr Lucky, Wrong Man, Imitation of Life)
  • Judy Campbell, actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie)

Famous Deaths

  • Rear Admiral Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood, dies in Battle of Jutland