What Happened on January 12, 1916

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Islands as a colony in Pacific
  • Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke receive the Pour le Merite, the German Empire's highest military award, for achieving eight aerial victories each over Allied aircrafts

Famous Birthdays

  • A P[ieter] W Botha, Orange Free State, president of South Africa
  • House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jay McShann, American musician (d. 2006)
  • William Pleeth, British cellist (d. 1999)