On This Day

Events in History in October 1916

  • Oct 2 San Diego Zoo founded
  • Oct 4 Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for 1st time

Battle of InterestBattle of the Somme

Oct 5 Adolf Hitler is wounded in the left thigh by an exploding shell during the Battle of the Somme

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A large mine placed by a British tunneling unit explodes under German positions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At the time it was one of the largest explosions ever and one of the loudest man-made noises.
A large mine placed by a British tunneling unit explodes under German positions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At the time it was one of the largest explosions ever and one of the loudest man-made noises.
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  • Oct 7 The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters
  • Oct 14 Sophomore tackle and guard Paul Robeson is excluded from the Rutgers football team when Washington and Lee University refused to play against a black person.
  • Oct 14 The Perm State University was founded in Russia.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic in the US at 46 Amboy St, Brooklyn

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Oct 16 T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia) meets with Fasal Hoessein

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Oct 17 Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 19 France extends formal recognition of the Provisional Government in Crete proclaimed Eleftherios Venizelos

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
Greek Prime Minister
Eleftherios Venizelos
  • Oct 24 Moroccan troops capture Ft Douaumont
  • Oct 26 Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
  • Oct 27 Battle of Segale: Negus Mikael, marching on the Ethiopian capital in support of his son Emperor Iyasus V, is defeated by Fitawrari abte Giyorgis, securing the throne for Empress Zauditu.
  • Oct 28 Australian government holds a national referendum seeking support for the proposal of compulsory conscription; it is rejected
  • Oct 31 Clare Kummer's "Good Gracious Annabelle" premieres in NYC