Historical Events in May 1916

  • 2nd US president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
  • 2nd 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
  • 3rd Irish Nationalists Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke are executed by firing squad following their involvement in the Easter Rising
  • 4th At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
  • 4th Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 5th US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 6th Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East Africa
  • 8th German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes killing 679 German soldiers
  • 8th Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 9th British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey
  • 10th Disastrous fire in Ellendale, ND
  • 10th Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
  • 12th James Connolly and Sean McDermott are executed following their involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin
  • 13th 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
  • 13th 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
  • 15th Asiago, Italy, falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
  • 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
  • 16th 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
  • 17th British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
  • 18th US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
  • 18th A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • 19th Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
  • 20th Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)
  • 20th Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
  • 21st Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
  • 22nd French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
  • 23rd Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun
  • 24th Conscription begins in Britain
  • 24th French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
  • 24th Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • 24th US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
  • 27th Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
  • 27th President Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations
  • 29th NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
  • 29th Official flag of president of US adopted
  • 29th US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 30th Indianapolis 500: Dario Resta wins in 3:34:16.990 (135.187 km/h)
  • 31st Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak): naval battle betwwen British Grand Fleet and German High Seas Fleet: 10,000 die in this inconcluisve slaughter
  • 31st British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, killing all but 6 (Battle of Jutland)