On This Day

December 1916 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 There is virtual civil war in Greece as royalists fight Eleftherios Venizelos' Liberal Party, the Allies ensure a Venizelist victory

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
Greek Prime Minister
Eleftherios Venizelos
  • Dec 6 World War I: The Central Powers under General Mackensen capture Bucharest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • Dec 11 David Lloyd George forms British war government
  • Dec 13 Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian and Italian troops in 24 hrs in Tyrol
  • Dec 13 Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin
  • Dec 13 French chief of staff Joffre replaced by Nivelle
  • Dec 14 America's first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Dec 15 Battle of Verdun: French launch major offensive against German lines after a six-day artillery bombardment
  • Dec 18 Battle of Verdun, longest of World War I, officially ends in German defeat after nine months of fighting and almost 1 million total casualties
  • Dec 19 Suriname Bauxite Company forms in Paramaribo
  • Dec 23 World War I: Battle of Magdhaba - Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
  • Dec 26 Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • Dec 4 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Dec 7 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, born in Lévis, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Dorothy Mae Ballard, labor union rep
  • Dec 9 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biog), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestShirley Jackson

Dec 14 Shirley Jackson, American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • Dec 15 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), born in Pongaroa, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Dec 16 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer
  • Dec 16 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer
  • Dec 17 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
  • Dec 17 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
  • Dec 19 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • Dec 20 Michel Chartrand, French-Canadian union activist, born in Outremont, Quebec
  • Dec 21 Eve Perrick, British journalist
  • Dec 21 John Boon, British publisher (Mills and Boon), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk (d. 1996)
  • Dec 27 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (d. 1953)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer and a hermit, dies at 58
  • Dec 5 Princess Augusta of Cambridge, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and granddaughter of George III, dies at 94
  • Dec 9 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • Dec 9 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • Dec 16 Friedrich Ernst Dorn, German physicist who discovered that radon is emitted from radium, dies at 68
  • Dec 25 Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint, dies at 71

MurderGrigori Rasputin

Dec 29 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, assassinated by conservative Russian aristocrats at 47

  • Dec 31 Alice Ball, African American chemist (developed treatment for leprosy), dies at 24