On This Day

What Happened on April 24, 1916

Historical Events


IrelandEaster Proclamation of 1916

Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin

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The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the people of Ireland
The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the people of Ireland
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DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton
Polar Explorer
Ernest Shackleton

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestLou Thesz

Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, born in Banat, Michigan (d. 2002)

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
1916 Highlights

About April 24, 1916

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 104 years and 9 months
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus