What Happened on July 1, 1916

Five Miles of Mud Costs a Million Casualties

Historical Events

  • 1st of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occur at Beach Haven when Charles Vansant (25) bled to death, challenging previous scientific belief that sharks never hurt humans, and sparking popular fear over sharks which persists today
  • British court martial for the Easter uprising
  • Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market

Sports History

Pittsburgh shortstop Honus Wagner, at 42 and 4 months, connects at Cincinnati to become the oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR; Pirates beat Reds, 2-1


Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1985)

Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland (1916-2020)

British-American Academy Award-winning actress (All the King's Men; The Adventures of Robin Hood; Gone With The Wind; The Heiress), born in Tokyo, Japan


Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • William Booth, English Test cricket batsman (WWI 2 Tests), dies at the Somme at 39
1916 Highlights

About July 1, 1916

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 106 years, 6 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

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