On This Day

What Happened on July 16, 1888

Day of the Week: Monday

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 actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1964)