On This Day

What Happened on July 11, 1916

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Verdun: Germany launches an offensive on Fort Souville in France but are defeated by artillery and machine gunners
  • US Congress passes Federal Aid Road Act

Famous Birthdays

  • Gough Whitlam, Australian politician (Prime Minister, 1972-1975), born in Kew, Melbourne (d. 2014)
  • Howard Brubeck, American composer (Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra), born in Concord, California (d. 1993)
  • Reg Varney, English actor

Famous Deaths

  • Rik Wouters, Belgian painter and sculptor (Doll Virgin), dies at 33