What Happened in 1916

Significant 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, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties
  • Apr 24 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin
  • Apr 29 Irish republicans abandon the post office in Dublin and surrender unconditionally, marking the end of the Easter Rising
  • May 31 Battle of Jutland: Largest naval battle of World War I between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet which killed 8,645 in an inconclusive battle but strategic British victory. The German fleet never put to sea again.
  • 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 10 Great Arab Revolt begins against ruling Ottoman turks
  • Jul 1 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)
  • Sep 6 1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Sep 17 The Red Baron [Manfred von Richthofen], WWI flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France
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American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world's first billionaire

On September 29, 1916

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Would You Believe?

First use of tanks in warfare, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme

On September 15, 1916

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