On This Day

What Happened on January 12, 1916

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 aircraft

Famous Birthdays

  • House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)

P. W. Botha

P. W. Botha, President of South Africa (1984-89) and Prime Minister (19778-84), born in Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, South Africa (d. 2006)

  • William Pleeth, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1999)
1916 Highlights

About January 12, 1916

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 105 years, 10 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn