On This Day

What Happened on February 16, 1916

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI
  • The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
  • The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist, dies at 79
  • [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Ot & Sien), dies at 57