Historical Events in May 1916

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May 2 US President Woodrow Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • May 2 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
  • May 3 Irish Nationalists Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke are executed by firing squad following their involvement in the Easter Rising
  • May 4 At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
  • May 4 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • May 5 US Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • May 6 Belgian troops march into Kigali, German East Africa
  • May 8 German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes killing 679 German soldiers
  • May 8 Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • May 9 British-France Sykes-Picot conference over division of Turkey
  • May 10 Disastrous fire in Ellendale, North Dakolta
  • May 10 Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
  • May 12 James Connolly and Sean McDermott are executed following their involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin
  • May 13 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
  • May 13 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
  • May 15 Asiago, Italy, falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
  • May 15 Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the government orders US Marines to land in Santo Domingo; the American occupation will continue until 1924
  • May 16 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
  • May 17 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
  • May 18 US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
  • May 18 A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • May 19 Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
  • May 20 Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)
  • May 20 Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
  • May 21 Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
  • May 22 French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
  • May 23 Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun
  • May 24 Conscription begins in Britain
  • May 24 French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
  • May 24 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • May 24 US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
  • May 27 Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
  • May 27 President Woodrow Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations
  • May 29 NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
  • May 29 Official flag of President of the United States adopted
  • May 29 US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Dario Resta wins in 3:34:16.990 (135.187 km/h)

BattleBattle of Jutland

May 31 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.
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  • May 31 Battle of Jutland: British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, only 6 crew members survive