Historical Events for Year 1916

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Events 1 - 150 of 298

Jan 1st - 1st issue of "Journal of Negro History" published
Jan 1st - 2nd Rose Bowl: Washington State beats Brown 14-0
Jan 5th - Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
Jan 7th - German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun
Jan 7th - In response to pressure from President Wilson, Germany notifies the State Department that it will abide by strict international rules of maritime warfare
Jan 8th - WWI: ANZAC forces withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula after Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople
Jan 9th - The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops are evacuated.
Jan 10th - Russian offensive in Kaukasus
Jan 10th - In retaliation for President Wilson's recognition of the Carranza government, members of Pacho Villa's revolutionary army take 17 American mining engineers from a train and shoot 16 of them in cold blood
Jan 11th - French troops capture/Serbian army flees to Corfu
Jan 12th - Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Islands as a colony in Pacific
Jan 14th - Dutch Zuiderzee dyke cracks
Pioneering Golfer Jim BarnesPioneering Golfer Jim Barnes Jan 17th - 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY
Jan 17th - Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in NYC
Jan 18th - A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
Jan 23rd - Temp falls from 44°F (7°C) to -56°F (49°C) night of 23-24, Browning MT
Jan 24th - The Military Service Bill, calling for conscription of men for war services, passes in the British House of Commons
Jan 25th - Montenegro surrenders to Austria-Hungary
Jan 27th - Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
Jan 28th - 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
Jan 28th - German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
Jan 28th - Opera "Goyescas" premieres (NYC)
Jan 29th - 1st bombing of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
Jan 31st - Dutch Girl Guides form
Feb 3rd - Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down
Feb 3rd - Tristan Tzara publishes the Dada manifesto in Zurich Switzerland
Feb 5th - Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co
Feb 8th - French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
Feb 8th - NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cent seats
Feb 9th - Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
Feb 9th - NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
Feb 10th - Military conscription begins in Britain
Feb 11th - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
Feb 11th - Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
Feb 11th - Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March
Feb 12th - 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith's strip "The Gumps"
Feb 15th - NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
Feb 16th - Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI
Feb 16th - The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships
Feb 16th - The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
Feb 17th - Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith's musical premieres in NYC
Feb 18th - The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders
Feb 21st - Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
Feb 22nd - The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
Feb 23rd - Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
Feb 23rd - French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
Feb 25th - German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
Feb 26th - Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin Feb 26th - Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
Feb 26th - Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia
Mar 1st - Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic
Mar 8th - US invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime
Mar 9th - Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa invades US (18 killed)
Mar 9th - Germany declares war against Portugal
Mar 12th - French airship sinks British submarine D3
Mar 14th - Battle of Verdun - German attack on Mort-Homme ridge, West of Verdun
Mar 15th - Dutch merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed by German submarine & sinks in North Sea
Mar 15th - Gen Pershing and 15,000 troops chase Villa into Mexico; they stay 10 for 10 months
Mar 15th - University of Gent goes under Dutch control
Mar 16th - James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella" premieres in London
Mar 16th - US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty
Mar 20th - Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
Mar 21st - JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as gov-gen of Neth Indies
Mar 24th - German submarines torpedo the French Channel packet 'Sussex' which is unarmed
Mar 25th - Heavyweight Jess Willard & Franc Moran fight to no decision in NYC
Mar 25th - Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for boxing title
Mar 25th - Women are allowed to attend a boxing match
Mar 30th - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2
Mar 31st - Dutch government ends all military engagements
Apr 1st - 1st US national women's swiming championships held
Apr 2nd - German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
Apr 2nd - 57 armed New Zealand police invade the remote Ngāi Tūhoe settlement of Maungapōhatu in the Urewera Ranges to arrest the Māori prophet Rua Kēnana
Apr 5th - French troops occupy Bois de Caillette
Apr 6th - German parliament OKs unrestricted submarine warfare
Apr 8th - Norway approves active & passive female suffrage
Apr 8th - In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators.
Apr 9th - The Libau sets sail from Germany with a cargo of 20,000 rifles to assist Irish republicans; Captain Karl Spindler changes the name of the vessel to the Aud to avoid British detection
Apr 10th - 1st professional golf tournament held
Apr 10th - The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.
Apr 12th - Irish nationalist activist and poet Roger Casement boards submarine U-19 at Wilmshaven, Germany, bound for a rendezvous with the Aud at Tralee
Apr 18th - US Secretary of State Warns Germany that the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stop
Apr 19th - "Bing Boys are Here" opens in London
Apr 19th - 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth of Mass in 2:27:16.4
Apr 19th - Italians troops conquer Col di Lana at Merano
Apr 19th - Alderman Kelly reads the 'Castle Order' to a meeting of Dublin Corporation; this forged document supposedly from Dublin Castle, indicated that there was to be mass arrests of Irish Volunteers to prevent "trouble"
Apr 20th - German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
Apr 20th - Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cin Reds 7-6
Apr 21st - Sir Roger Casement, an Ulster Protestant and ardent Irish nationalist, lands on the coast from a German submarine; he attempts to get German aid for an uprising against the British
Apr 21st - Irish nationalist activist and poet Roger Casement is discovered at McKenna's Fort and is arrested by the Royal Irish Constabulary
Apr 21st - The Aud, carrying a cargo of 20,000 rifles to assist Irish republicans in staging what would become the 1916 Rising, is captured by the British Navy and forced to sail towards Cork Harbour
Apr 22nd - France battles at Fort Douaumont
Apr 22nd - Karl Spindler scuttles the Aud near Daunt's Rock, to prevent its cargo of 20,000 rifles destined for Irish republicans falling into enemy hands
Apr 22nd - Chief of Staff of the Irish Volunteers Eóin MacNeill issues the Countermanding order in Dublin to try to stop what would become the Easter Rising
Apr 23rd - Lord Dunsany's "Night at an Inn" premieres in NYC
The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the people of IrelandThe Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the people of Ireland Apr 24th - Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin
Apr 24th - Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance
Apr 27th - The British renew their assault on the Irish Volunteer position in Mount Street; shelling also sets the buildings on fire
Apr 29th - Irish republicans abandon the post office in Dublin and surrender unconditionally, marking the end of the Easter Rising
Apr 30th - Chicago Cubs play 1st game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) beat Reds
May 2nd - US president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
May 2nd - 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
May 3rd - Irish Nationalists Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke are executed by firing squad following their involvement in the Easter Rising
May 4th - At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
May 4th - Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
May 5th - US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
May 6th - Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East Africa
May 8th - German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes killing 679 German soldiers
May 8th - Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
May 9th - British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey
May 10th - Disastrous fire in Ellendale, ND
May 10th - Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
May 12th - James Connolly and Sean McDermott are executed following their involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin
May 13th - 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
May 13th - 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
May 15th - Asiago, Italy, falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
May 15th - Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the government orders US Marines to land in Santo Domingo; the American occupation will continue until 1924
May 16th - 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
May 17th - British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
May 18th - US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
May 18th - A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
May 19th - Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
May 20th - Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)
May 20th - Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
May 21st - Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
May 22nd - French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
May 23rd - Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun
May 24th - Conscription begins in Britain
May 24th - French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
May 24th - Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
May 24th - US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
May 27th - Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
May 27th - President Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations
May 29th - NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
May 29th - Official flag of president of US adopted
May 29th - US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
May 30th - Indianapolis 500: Dario Resta wins in 3:34:16.990 (135.187 km/h)
May 31st - Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak): naval battle betwwen British Grand Fleet and German High Seas Fleet: 10,000 die in this inconcluisve slaughter
May 31st - British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, killing all but 6 (Battle of Jutland)
Jun 1st - German attack on Fort Vaux, Verdun
Jun 2nd - German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux
Jun 3rd - US National Defense Act establishes Reserve Officers Training Corps
Jun 4th - General Aleksei Brusilov begins a massive Russian offensive on the Eastern Front (WWI)
Jun 5th - The Sherif Hussein proclaims a revolt of the Arabs in the province of Hejaz, an action that undermines the Turkish Empire
Jun 6th - Voters in East Cleveland approves women suffrage
Jun 6th - With the death of Yuan Shikai, who has ruled much of China since 1912, the central government virtually collapses in the face of warlords who assert themselves, including Sun Yat-Sen
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt Jun 7th - Theodore Roosevelt declines nomination of the Progressive Party and throws his support behind Republican Charles Evans Hughes
Jun 7th - Germany troop march into Fort Faux, Verdun
Jun 10th - 48th Belmont: E Haynes aboard Friar Rock wins in 2:22
Jun 10th - Great Arab Revolt begins against ruling Ottoman turks
Jun 12th - Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at US tennis championship

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