On This Day

December 15, 1916 in History

Day of the Week: Friday

Events in History

  • Battle of Verdun: French launch major offensive against German lines after a six-day artillery bombardment

Birthdays in History

  • 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)