June 1916 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 German attack on Fort Vaux, Verdun
  • Jun 2 German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux
  • Jun 3 US National Defense Act establishes Reserve Officers Training Corps
  • Jun 4 General Aleksei Brusilov begins a massive Russian offensive on the Eastern Front (WWI)
  • Jun 5 The Sherif Hussein proclaims a revolt of the Arabs in the province of Hejaz, an action that undermines the Turkish Empire
  • Jun 6 Voters in East Cleveland approves women suffrage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 With the death of Yuan Shikai, who has ruled much of China since 1912, the central government virtually collapses in the face of warlords who assert themselves, including Sun Yat-sen

Father of Modern China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern China
Sun Yat-sen
  • Jun 7 Germany troop march into Fort Faux, Verdun

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 Theodore Roosevelt declines nomination of the Progressive Party and throws his support behind Republican Charles Evans Hughes

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jun 10 Great Arab Revolt begins against ruling Ottoman turks

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 14 Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Woodrow Wilson campaigns on the slogan "he kept out of the war"

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Jun 14 Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war
  • Jun 15 Boys Scouts of America forms
  • Jun 16 Boston Brave's Tom Hughes 2nd no-hitter beats Pitts, 2-0
  • Jun 16 Passing of the Military Services Bill introduces conscription in New Zealand
  • Jun 17 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
  • Jun 17 US troops under General Pershing march into Mexico
  • Jun 21 Mexican troops defeat US expeditionary force under Gen. Pershing
  • Jun 25 Russian Tsar Nicolaas II fires minister of Foreign affairs Sasonov

BattleBattle of Interest

Jun 30 General Douglas Haig reports "The men are in splendid spirits" the day before the Battle of the Somme began

General and WWI Military Leader Douglas Haig
General and WWI Military Leader
Douglas Haig

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 4 Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes)
  • Jun 4 Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
  • Jun 5 Jack Sutherland, journalist

Person of interestFrancis Crick

Jun 8 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure and 1962 Nobel laureate, born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • Jun 9 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-8), who played a major role in US escalation in Vietnam, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • Jun 9 Robert S McNamara, US Sec of Defense (1961-68)/head (World Bank)
  • Jun 12 Irwin Allen, American director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jun 14 Geoffrey Goodwin, British professor of international relations
  • Jun 15 Marshall Field IV, publisher/editor (Chic Daily News, Sunday Times)
  • Jun 17 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live"
  • Jun 20 William Balchin, geographer
  • Jun 20 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, premier of Quebec (d. 1973)
  • Jun 21 Joe Bamford, British manufacturer and multi-millionaire, born in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England (d. 2001)
  • Jun 24 John Ciardi, poet/critic (translated Dante)
  • Jun 25 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), born in Oxford, England (d. 1981)
  • Jun 26 Paul Derrick, co-operator/Christian socialist
  • Jun 27 Arthur Walter Lucas, first Chief Restorer of the National Gallery, London, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Jun 29 David Donaldson, Painter and Limner to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, born in Chryston, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1996)

Deaths in History


Person of interestHoratio Kitchener

Jun 5 Horatio Kitchener, British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), drowns at 65 after the HMS Hampshire struck a German mine

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • Jun 6 Yuan Shikai, president of China, dies at 56
  • Jun 7 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (b. 1847)
  • Jun 14 João Simões Lopes Neto, Brazilian writer (b. 1865)
  • Jun 18 Helmuth J L von Moltke, German chief general of staff, dies at 67
  • Jun 18 Max Immelmann, German pilot (WWI), killed
  • Jun 23 Victor Chapman, French-American pilot renowned during WW1 (1st American pilot to die in WW1), succumbs to wounds at age 26

Person of interestThomas Eakins

Jun 25 Thomas Eakins, American artist, dies at 71

Painter Thomas Eakins
Painter
Thomas Eakins
  • Jun 28 Ştefan Luchian, Romanian painter (b. 1868)