Historical Events in May 1916

  • May 2 US president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
  • May 2 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
  • May 3 Irish Nationalists Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke are executed by firing squad following their involvement in the Easter Rising
  • May 4 At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
  • May 4 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • May 5 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • May 6 Belgian troops march into Kigali, German East Africa
  • May 8 German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes killing 679 German soldiers
  • May 8 Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • May 9 British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey
  • May 10 Disastrous fire in Ellendale, ND
  • May 10 Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
  • May 12 James Connolly and Sean McDermott are executed following their involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin
  • May 13 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
  • May 13 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
  • May 15 Asiago, Italy, falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
  • May 15 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 16 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
  • May 17 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
  • May 18 US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
  • May 18 A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • May 19 Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
  • May 20 Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)
  • May 20 Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
  • May 21 Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
  • May 22 French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
  • May 23 Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun
  • May 24 Conscription begins in Britain
  • May 24 French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
  • May 24 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • May 24 US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
  • May 27 Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
  • May 27 President Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations
  • May 29 NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
  • May 29 Official flag of president of US adopted
  • May 29 US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Dario Resta wins in 3:34:16.990 (135.187 km/h)
  • May 31 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.
  • May 31 British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, killing all but 6 (Battle of Jutland)