What Happened on May 31, 1916

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Jutland: British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, killing all but 6
  • 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. The German fleet never put to sea again.

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