On This Day

What Happened on October 5, 1916

Historical Events


Battle of InterestBattle of the Somme

Adolf Hitler is wounded in the left thigh by an exploding shell during the Battle of the Somme

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A large mine placed by a British tunneling unit explodes under German positions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At the time it was one of the largest explosions ever and one of the loudest man-made noises.
A large mine placed by a British tunneling unit explodes under German positions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At the time it was one of the largest explosions ever and one of the loudest man-made noises.
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Famous Birthdays

  • Douglas Ranger, British surgeon, born in Furness, Lancashire (d. 1997)
1916 Highlights

About October 5, 1916

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 1 month and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Libra