On This Day

What Happened on December 15, 1916

Historical Events

  • Battle of Verdun: French launch major offensive against German lines after a six-day artillery bombardment

Famous Birthdays

  • (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), born in Irving, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), born in Pongaroa, New Zealand (d. 2004)
1916 Highlights

About December 15, 1916

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 11 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius