Historical Events in July 1916

  • Jul 1 1st of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occur at Beach Haven when Charles Vansant (25) bled to death, challenging previous scientific belief that sharks never hurt humans, and sparking popular fear over sharks which persists today
  • Jul 1 British court martial for the Easter uprising
  • Jul 1 Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market

Five Miles of Mud Costs a Million Casualties

Jul 1 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)

Sports History

Jul 1 Pittsburgh shortstop Honus Wagner, at 42 and 4 months, connects at Cincinnati to become the oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR; Pirates beat Reds, 2-1

Historic Event

Jul 2 Lenin says Imperialism is caused by capitalism

  • Jul 2 Russian offensive in Armenia
  • Jul 6 2nd of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occur at Spring Lake when Charles Bruder (27) bled to death, 5 days after the 1st
  • Jul 7 The New Zealand Labour party is formed
  • Jul 9 1st cargo submarine to cross Atlantic arrives in US from Germany
  • Jul 11 Battle of Verdun: Germany launches an offensive on Fort Souville in France but are defeated by artillery and machine gunners
  • Jul 11 US Congress passes Federal Aid Road Act
  • Jul 12 3rd and 4th of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occurs at Matawan Creek when epileptic Lester Stilwell (11) is dragged into a creek and Watson Fisher (24), believing Silwell had a seizure, is bitten while retrieving the body and subsequently bleeds to death
  • Jul 12 Joseph Dunn (14) is attacked by a shark, suffering non-fatal wounds in New Jersey, the final episode in a spate of shark attacks along the Jersey coast where 4 people died over 12 days
  • Jul 14 13.2 inches (33.6 cm) rainfall at Effingham, South Carolina (state record until 1999)
  • Jul 14 St Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitches all 17 innings for 14 hits in a 0-0 tie vs Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
  • Jul 15 22.22" (56.4 cm) of rain falls in Altapass NC (state record)

Historic Event

Jul 15 Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington

  • Jul 20 NY Giants trade future Baseball HOF pitcher Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
  • Jul 22 A bomb explodes during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco killing 10
  • Jul 25 Explosion at Lake Erie and Cleveland Waterworks
  • Jul 26 The US Protests the 'Blacklist' issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms
  • Jul 30 German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, New Jersey