On This Day

What Happened on May 8, 1916

Historical Events

  • German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes killing 679 German soldiers
  • Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Famous Birthdays

  • João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)
1916 Highlights

About May 8, 1916

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 6 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus