On This Day

What Happened on May 21, 1916

Historical Events

  • Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor and comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), born in New York City (d. 1988)

Person of interestHarold Robbins

Harold Robbins, American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), born in NYC, New York

  • Joseph Janni, producer
  • Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), born in Singapore (d. 2017)
  • Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
1916 Highlights

About May 21, 1916

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini