On This Day

What Happened on July 16, 1888

Historical Events

  • Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 3-time runner-up Ernest Renshaw wins his lone major title; beats defending champion Herbert Lawford 6-3, 7-5, 6-0

Famous Birthdays

  • Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, invented phase-contrast microscope (Nobel 1953), born in Amsterdam (d. 1966)
  • Percy Kilbride, American stage and screen actor (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)
1888 Highlights

About July 16, 1888

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 133 years and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer