1916 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 252

  • 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 Official flag of president of US adopted
  • May 29 US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 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)
  • Jun 1 German attack on Fort Vaux, Verdun
  • Jun 2 German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux
  • Jun 3 US National Defense Act establishes Reserve Officers Training Corps
  • Jun 4 General Aleksei Brusilov begins a massive Russian offensive on the Eastern Front (WWI)
  • Jun 5 The Sherif Hussein proclaims a revolt of the Arabs in the province of Hejaz, an action that undermines the Turkish Empire
  • Jun 6 Voters in East Cleveland approves women suffrage
  • Jun 6 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
  • Jun 7 Germany troop march into Fort Faux, Verdun

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Jun 7 Theodore Roosevelt declines nomination of the Progressive Party and throws his support behind Republican Charles Evans Hughes

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jun 10 Great Arab Revolt begins against ruling Ottoman turks
  • Jun 14 The Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Wilson campaigns on the slogan 'he kept out out of the war'
  • Jun 14 Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war
  • Jun 15 Boys Scouts of America forms
  • Jun 16 Boston Brave's Tom Hughes 2nd no-hitter beats Pitts, 2-0
  • Jun 16 Passing of the Military Services Bill introduces conscription in New Zealand
  • Jun 17 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
  • Jun 17 US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico
  • Jun 21 Mexican troops beat US expeditionary force under Gen Pershing
  • Jun 21 President Carranza orders his troops to oppose American soldiers at Carrazil, Mexico; 18 American soldiers are killed or wounded
  • Jun 25 Russian Tsar Nicolaas II fires minister of Foreign affairs Sasonov
  • Jun 29 Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time
  • Jun 30 General Douglas Haig reports "The men are in splendid spirits"
  • Jul 1 British court martial (Easter uprising)
  • Jul 1 Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market
  • Jul 1 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)

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Jul 2 Lenin says Imperialism is caused by capitalism

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Jul 2 Russian offensive in Armenia
  • Jul 3 1st of 3 fatal shark attacks occurred near NJ shore (4 die)
  • Jul 7 The New Zealand Labour party is formed
  • Jul 9 1st cargo submarine to cross Atlantic arrives in US from Germany
  • Jul 11 Congress passes Federal Aid Road Act
  • Jul 11 Germany launches final offensive in the Battle of Verdun
  • Jul 14 33.6 cm rainfall at Effingham SC (state record)
  • Jul 14 St Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitches all 17 inns in a 0-0 tie vs Boston
  • Jul 15 22.22" (56.4 cm) of rain falls in Altapass NC (state record)
  • Jul 15 Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle Wash
  • Jul 22 A bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in SF killing 10
  • Jul 25 Explosion at Lake Erie & Cleveland Waterworks
  • Jul 26 The US Protests the 'Blacklist' issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms
  • Jul 29 Postal check & Girodienst establishes
  • Jul 30 German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, NJ
  • Aug 1 Hawaii National Park forms
  • Aug 2 World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
  • Aug 4 Denmark cedes Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the US for $25 million
  • Aug 4 The Turks attack the British line at Romani in the northern Sinai (WWI)
  • Aug 8 A's set AL record with 19th consecutive loss on road
  • Aug 10 Turks annex Persian city Hamadan from Russia

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Aug 12 Picasso, Max Jacob, Kisling, Ortiz & Paquerette photographed in Paris

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • Aug 17 Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
  • Aug 21 Sir Roger Casement, an Ulster Protestant and ardent Irish nationalist, arrested by the British
  • Aug 23 Military court of Berlin sentences socialist Karl Liebknecht to 4 years
  • Aug 25 US Department of Interior forms National Park Service
  • Aug 26 Philadelphia A's Bullet Joe Bush no-hits Cleve, 5-0
  • Aug 26 Yanks turn triple-play beating Browns 10-6
  • Aug 27 Romania declares war on Austria-Hungary
  • Aug 28 Germany declares war on Romania
  • Aug 28 Italy declares war against Germany
  • Aug 29 Congress creates US Naval Reserve
  • Aug 29 Transport ship Hsin-Yu & cruiser Hai-Yung collide; 1,000 die
  • Aug 29 US Congress accepts Jones Act: Philippines independence

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Aug 29 General Paul von Hindenburg replaces Von Falkenhayn as German chief of staff

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • Aug 30 Boston's Dutch Leonard no-hits St Louis Browns, 4-0
  • Sep 1 Bulgaria declares war on Romania
  • Sep 1 US Keating-Owen Act (child labor banned from interstate commerce)
  • Sep 3 Allies turned back Germans in Battle of Verdun
  • Sep 3 US President Wilson signs Adamson Act, providing an 8-hour day on interstate railroads, preventing a national railroad strike

1stFirst Supermarket

Sep 6 1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Sep 7 Giants beat Brooklyn 4-1, to launch NY's record 26-game winning streak
  • Sep 7 Workmen's Compensation Act passed by Congress
  • Sep 8 US President Wilson signs the Emergency Revenue Act, doubling the rate of income tax and adding inheritance and munitions profits tax
  • Sep 11 German troops conquer Kavalla Greece
  • Sep 11 The Quebec Bridge's central span collapses during reconstruction, killing 11 men, following initially total collapsed on August 29, 1907.
  • Sep 14 Christy Mathewson pitches & wins his final game
  • Sep 15 First use of tanks in warfare, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme
  • Sep 17 40,000 Amsterdam demonstrators demand general voting right

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Sep 17 The Red Baron [Manfred von Richthofen], WWI flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • Sep 19 First landing at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands (Farman F-22 of Soesterberg)
  • Sep 19 Belgian troops conquer Tabora, German East Africa
  • Sep 24 Indians' Marty Kavanaugh, hits AL's 1st pinch-hit grand slam
  • Sep 26 Bishop speak against Catholics in trade unions
  • Sep 27 1st Native American Day celebrated, honoring American Indians
  • Sep 27 Emperor Lidj Jasu of Ethiopia flees a palace coup by his aunt Zauditu

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Sep 29 American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world's first billionaire

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 239

  • May 20 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, born in London (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Alexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (d. 2001)
  • May 21 Harold Robbins, author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), born in NYC, New York
  • May 21 Joseph Janni, producer
  • May 21 Leonard Manasseh, architect
  • May 23 Margaret Hayden Rector, playwright (living legacy award 1995)
  • May 24 Roden Cutler, Governor (New South Wales)
  • May 25 Lou van Rees, Dutch impresario [or May 29]
  • May 26 Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch journalist (d. 1972)
  • May 27 Norman Griggs, VP (Building Society Association)
  • May 28 C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite) [or Aug 28]
  • May 28 Gerald McArthur, detective
  • May 28 Walker Percy, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 30 Joseph W Kennedy, scientist (1 of 4 discoverers of plutonium)
  • May 31 Bert Haanstra, Holten Netherlands, director (Fanfare)
  • Jun 4 Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes)
  • Jun 4 Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
  • Jun 5 Jack Sutherland, journalist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 8 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure and 1962 Nobel laureate, born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • Jun 9 Robert S McNamara, US Sec of Defense (1961-68)/head (World Bank)
  • Jun 12 Irwin Allen, director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 14 Geoffrey Goodwin, British professor of international relations
  • Jun 15 Marshall Field IV, publisher/editor (Chic Daily News, Sunday Times)
  • Jun 17 Victor Dalby Lord, ficticious character on One Life to Live
  • Jun 20 William Balchin, geographer
  • Jun 20 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, premier of Quebec (d. 1973)
  • Jun 21 Joe Bamford, British manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • Jun 24 John Ciardi, poet/critic (translated Dante)
  • Jun 25 Theodore P Toynbee, British journalist/writer (Savage Days, Barricade)
  • Jun 26 Paul Derrick, co-operator/Christian socialist
  • Jun 27 Arthur Walter Lucas, picture restorer
  • Jun 29 David Donaldson, painter
  • Jul 2 Barry Gray, [Bernard Yaroslaw], interviewer (started call-in radio)
  • Jul 2 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII (d. 1982)
  • Jul 4 Tokyo Rose, [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], propagandist (WW II)
  • Jul 6 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • Jul 7 Luc Peire, Flemish painter/graphic artist
  • Jul 9 Edward Heath, (C) British PM (1970-74)
  • Jul 11 Gough Whitlam, (ALP) Australia, PM (1972-75)
  • Jul 14 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian author (Family dictionary)
  • Jul 14 Phyllis Stedman, politician
  • Jul 15 George Maduro, Antillian resistance fighter (Willemsorde/Madurodam)
  • Jul 16 Harold Locke, archdeacon of Loughborough
  • Jul 18 Isaac [Ietje] A Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer/minister of Education
  • Jul 18 Kenneth Armitage, English sculptor
  • Jul 19 James D Ramage, US lt-Adm (WW II-Palau/Guam/Philippines)
  • Jul 22 Hipolito M Ocalia, Curacao, landscape painter
  • Jul 23 Ronald Ridout, school textbook author
  • Jul 24 John D MacDonald, novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye)
  • Jul 25 Lucien Saulnier, Quebec politician (d. 1989)
  • Jul 27 Asfa Wossen, Crown prince of Ethiopia/son of emperor Haile Selassi
  • Jul 30 Robert van Spaendonk, Dutch resistance fighter
  • Jul 31 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist
  • Aug 1 Viscount Hanworth, barrister
  • Aug 1 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (d. 2000)
  • Aug 2 Reginald Murley, surgeon
  • Aug 6 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), born in Bormla, Malta (d. 2012)
  • Aug 14 Andrew Kay, surgeon/professor of surgery (U of Glasgow)
  • Aug 15 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer
  • Aug 17 John de Young, resistance fighter
  • Aug 20 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (d. 1984)
  • Aug 21 William John Raff Hooper, cartoonist
  • Aug 24 Anita V Figueredo, physician/humanitarian
  • Aug 24 Peter Crichton Kirkpatrick, oarsman
  • Aug 25 Frederic Robbins, US bacteriologist
  • Aug 25 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist; Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
  • Aug 25 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator (d. 2000)
  • Aug 26 Allan Leslie Merson, historian
  • Aug 28 C Wright Mills, sociologist, writer (The Power Elite) [or May 28]
  • Aug 28 Jack [Holbrook] Vance, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugo, Dirdir, Pnume), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 30 John Thoday, geneticist
  • Aug 30 Kornelis M R van der Beek, reformed vicar (Arnhem)
  • Aug 30 Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker
  • Sep 1 Sydney Dawson Bailey, pacifist/campaigner
  • Sep 4 Robert [Augustine] W[ard] Lowndes, US, sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet)
  • Sep 5 Frank Yerby American novelist (d. 1991)
  • Sep 6 Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, English landowner
  • Sep 10 Niall MacDermott, lawyer/politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 13 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)

Author Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
  • Sep 14 Eric Bentley, England, critic/writer (In Search of Theater)
  • Sep 16 Lord Ryder of Eaton hastings, CEO (Intl Publishing House)
  • Sep 16 Willem Noordhoek, photographer
  • Sep 16 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (d. 1999)
  • Sep 17 Mary [Florence Elinor] Stewart, UK, sci-fi author (Crystal Cave)
  • Sep 17 Ove J Abildgaard, Danish poet (Uglegylp)
  • Sep 17 Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., Dobbs Ferry New York, American Engineer (electronics) who invented the over-the-horizon radar that could detect objects thousands of miles away and peer around the Earth's curvature
  • Sep 18 John J Rhodes, (Rep-R-Az)
  • Sep 18 Frank Bell, British educator (d. 1989)
  • Sep 21 Jagernath Lachmon, premier Suriname
  • Sep 21 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (d. 2003)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 23 Aldo Moro, Italian Prime Minister (1963-68 and 1974-76), born in Maglie, Italy (d. 1978)

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • Sep 24 John Lapsley, British air marshal
  • Sep 27 Samuel S Stratton, (Rep-D-NY, 1959- )
  • Sep 27 Frank Handlen, American artist
  • Sep 28 Lord Cockfield, Horsham, United Kingdom, British politician (European Commissioner)
  • Sep 29 Carl Ronald Giles, cartoonist
  • Oct 1 Tibor Reich, textile designer
  • Oct 3 Angeles Alvarino Deleira, biologist/oceanographer/writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 3 James Herriot [Alfred Wight], English veterinarian and novelist (All Creatures Great and Small), born in Sunderland, County Durham (d. 1995)

Novelist James Herriot
James Herriot
  • Oct 4 Owen Tudor Williams, civil engineer

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