December 1916 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 There is virtual civil war in Greece as royalists fight Venizelist, and the Allies determine on a Venizelist victory
  • Dec 6 German army under Gen Mackensen occupies Bucharest
  • Dec 6 World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
  • Dec 7 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British PM
  • Dec 11 David Lloyd George forms British war government
  • Dec 13 Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian & Italian troops in 24 hrs in Tyrol
  • Dec 13 Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin
  • Dec 13 French chief of staff Joffre replaced by Nivelle
  • Dec 14 America's first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, TN
  • Dec 15 French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
  • Dec 19 Suriname Bauxite Company forms in Paramaribo
  • Dec 23 World War I: Battle of Magdhaba - Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
  • Dec 26 Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • Dec 4 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer (d. 1994)
  • Dec 7 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (d. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Dorothy Mae Ballard, labor union rep
  • Dec 9 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 14 Shirley Jackson, writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • Dec 15 Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)
  • Dec 16 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer
  • Dec 16 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer
  • Dec 17 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
  • Dec 17 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
  • Dec 19 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • Dec 20 Michel Chartrand, Quebec union leader
  • Dec 21 Eve Perrick, journalist
  • Dec 21 John Boon, publisher (Mills and Boon), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk (d. 1996)
  • Dec 27 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (d. 1953)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Charles E Vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer, dies at 58
  • Dec 9 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • Dec 9 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • Dec 16 Friedrich Ernst Dorn, German physicist who discovered that radon is emitted from radium, dies at 68
  • Dec 25 St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic saint (b. 1845)
  • Dec 29 Grigori Rasputin, Russian faith healer/intriguer, murdered at 45