On This Day

What Happened on July 16, 1896

Historical Events

  • Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji debuts for England v Australia in 2nd Test at Old Trafford; first Indian to play Test cricket

Famous Birthdays

  • Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1932)
  • Maurits Dekker, Dutch writer (Merkteken), born in Amsterdam (d. 1962)
  • Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, born in Wildeck, German Empire (d. 1969)
  • Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), born in Oslo (d. 1968)

Famous Deaths

  • Edmond-Louis-Antoine Huot de Goncourt, novelist, dies at 74
  • William Hamilton Gibson, illustrator/author/novelist, dies
1896 Highlights

About July 16, 1896

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 125 years, 3 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer