On This Day

What Happened in 1916

Historical Events

  • Jan 8 WWI: ANZAC forces withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula after Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople
  • Feb 21 World War I: Battle of Verdun begins with a German offensive, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties and becomes the longest battle of the entire war (9 months)

1916 in Film & TV

  • Jun 24 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract
  • Nov 19 Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Picture; the company later became one of the most successful independent filmmakers

1916 in Sport

  • Jan 17 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City

Did You Know?

Germany ratifies bill bringing in Daylight Saving Time - first country in the world

On April 30, 1916

Famous People in 1916

Would You Believe?

Joseph Dunn (14) is attacked by a shark, suffering non-fatal wounds in New Jersey, the final episode in a spate of shark attacks along the Jersey coast where 4 people died over 12 days

On July 12, 1916

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