What Happened on February 16, 1916

Historical Events

  • Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI

Sinking of the Lusitania

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
1916 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues Hammond B-3 organist ("Honky Tonk"; "Funky Whistler"), pianist and arranger (The Inkspots; Ella Fitzgerald), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), born in New York City (d. 1980)
Born in 1916

Famous Deaths

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

About February 16, 1916

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 3 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

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