Historical Events in January 1916

  • Jan 1 1st issue of "Journal of Negro History" published
  • Jan 1 2nd Rose Bowl: Washington State beats Brown 14-0
  • Jan 5 Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
  • Jan 7 German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun
  • Jan 7 In response to pressure from President Wilson, Germany notifies the US State Department that it will abide by strict international rules of maritime warfare
  • Jan 8 WWI: ANZAC forces withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula after Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople
  • Jan 9 The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops are evacuated.
  • Jan 10 Russian offensive in Kaukasus
  • Jan 10 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 11 French troops capture/Serbian army flees to Corfu
  • Jan 12 Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Islands as a colony in Pacific
  • Jan 12 Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke receive the Pour le Merite, the German Empire's highest military award, for achieving eight aerial victories each over Allied aircrafts
  • Jan 14 Dutch Zuiderzee dyke cracks

Sport awardGolf Major

Jan 17 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Jan 17 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City
  • Jan 18 A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • Jan 23 Temp falls from 44°F (7°C) to -56°F (49°C) night of 23-24, Browning MT
  • Jan 24 The Military Service Bill, calling for conscription of men for war services, passes in the British House of Commons
  • Jan 25 Montenegro surrenders to Austria-Hungary
  • Jan 27 Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
  • Jan 28 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
  • Jan 28 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • Jan 28 Opera "Goyescas" premieres (NYC)
  • Jan 29 1st bombing of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
  • Jan 31 Dutch Girl Guides form