On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1916

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events


Battle of InterestBattle of Jutland

Battle of Jutland: British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, only 6 crew members survive
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HMS Invincible on fire after being struck by shells from SMS Lützow and SMS Derfflinger
HMS Invincible on fire after being struck by shells from SMS Lützow and SMS Derfflinger

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Battle of Jutland: Largest naval battle of World War I between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet which killed 8,645 in an inconclusive battle but strategic British victory. German fleet never puts to sea again in WWI.

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe
Admiral Reinhard Scheer
Admiral
Reinhard Scheer

Famous Birthdays

  • Bert Haanstra, Holten Netherlands, director (Fanfare)
  • John Vivyan, actor (Mr Lucky, Wrong Man, Imitation of Life)
  • Judy Campbell [Judith Mary Gamble], British actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie), born in Grantham, England (d. 2004)

Famous Deaths

  • Rear Admiral Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood, dies in Battle of Jutland