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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1916 AD


January 1: 1st football game in Rose Bowl, Washington State vs. Brown
January 5: Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
January 7: German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun
January 10: Russian offensive in Kaukasus
January 11: French troops capture/Serbian army flees to Corfu
January 12: Britain proclaims Gilbert and Ellice Is colony in Pacific
January 14: Dutch South Sea dike cracks
January 17: 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY
January 17: Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in New York City
January 23: Temp falls from 44 degrees F (7 degrees C) to -56 degrees F (49 degrees C) night of 23-24, Browning, Montana
January 25: Montenegro surrenders to Austria-Hungary
January 27: Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
January 28: 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
January 28: German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain and France
January 28: Opera "Goyescas," premieres (New York City)
January 29: 1st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
January 31: Dutch Girl Guides form


February 3: Canada's original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burns down
February 3: Tristan Tzar publishes Dada-manifest in Zurich Switzerland
February 5: Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co
February 8: French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
February 8: NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cents seats
February 9: Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
February 9: NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, and Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
February 10: Conscription begins in Britain
February 11: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
February 11: Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
February 12: 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith strip "Gumps"
February 15: New York Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
February 16: Russian troops conquer Erzurum Armenia
February 17: Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith' musical premieres in New York City
February 21: Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
February 23: Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
February 23: French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
February 25: German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
February 26: Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930
February 26: Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
February 26: Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia


March 1: Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic
March 8: U.S. invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime
March 9: General Fransisco "Poncho" Villa invades U.S. (17 killed)
March 9: Germany declares war against Portugal
March 9: Pancho Villa leads Mexican band raid on Columbus NM, killing 12
March 12: French airship sinks British submarine D3
March 14: Battle of Verdun - German attack on Mort-Homme ridge, West of Verdun
March 15: General Pershing, 15,000 troops chasing Villa into Mexico, stays 10-mos
March 15: University of Gent goes under Dutch control
March 16: James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella," premieres in London
March 16: U.S. and Canada sign migratory bird treaty
March 20: Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
March 21: JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as Governor-General of Netherlands Indies
March 25: Heavyweight Jess Willard and Franc Moran fight to no decision in New York City
March 25: Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for boxing title
March 25: Women are allowed to attend a boxing match
March 26: Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary
March 30: Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2
March 31: Dutch government ends all miltary engagements


April 1: 1st U.S. national women's swiming championships held
April 2: German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
April 4: U.S. Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I
April 5: French troops occupy Bois de Caillette
April 6: German parliament OKs unrestricted submarine warfare
April 8: Norway approves active and passive female suffrage
April 10: 1st professional golf tournament held
April 19: 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth of Mass in 2:27:16.4
April 19: "Bing Boys are Here" opens in London
April 19: Italians troops conquer Col di Lana at Merano
April 20: German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
April 20: Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6
April 22: France battles at Fort Douaumont
April 23: Lord Dunsany's "Night at an Inn," premieres in New York City
April 24: Easter rebellion of Irish against British occupation begins
April 29: Irish nationalists set post office on fire in Dublin
April 30: Chicago Cubs play 1st game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) beat Reds


May 2: 2nd Ave and Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe and Selwyn Avenue named
May 2: U.S. president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
May 4: At request of U.S., Germany curtails its submarine warfare
May 5: U.S. Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
May 6: Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East-Africa
May 8: German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
May 9: British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey
May 10: Disastrous fire in Ellendale, North Dakota
May 10: Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
May 11: Einstein's Theory of General Relativity presented
May 13: 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
May 13: 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
May 13: Native American Day is 1st observed
May 15: Asiago Italy falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
May 16: 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
May 17: British Summer Time (Daylight Savings), 1st introduced
May 18: U.S. pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
May 19: Escadrille Americaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
May 20: Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 and 1918)
May 20: Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
May 21: Britain begins "Summer Time" (Daylight Savings 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: U.S. pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
May 27: Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
May 29: New York Giants win 17th consecutive road game
May 29: Official flag of president of U.S. adopted
May 29: U.S. forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
May 31: Battle of Skagerrak: Brit-German sea battle at Jutland (10,000 dead)
May 31: British battle cruiser Invincible explodes, killing all but 6


June 1: German attack on Fort Vaux, Verdun
June 2: German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux
June 3: National Defense Act establishes ROTC
June 4: Russian General Brusilov fails on his Eastern Front attack
June 6: Voters in East Cleveland approves women suffrage
June 7: Germany troop march into Fort Faux, Verdun
June 10: 48th Belmont: E Haynes aboard Friar Rock wins in 2:22
June 10: Great Arab Revolt begin
June 12: 30th U.S. Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Louise Raymond (60 61)
June 12: Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at U.S. tennis championship
June 15: Boys Scouts of America forms
June 16: Boston Brave's Tom Hughes 2nd no-hitter beats Pitts, 2-0
June 17: 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
June 17: U.S. troops under General Pershing march into Mexico
June 18: Yankees score in every inning but 8th beat Indians 19-3
June 21: Boston Rube Forster no-hits New York Yankees, 2-0
June 21: Mexican troops beat U.S. expeditionary force under General Pershing
June 25: Tsar Nicolaas II fires minister of Foreign affairs Sasonov
June 26: Cleveland Indians experiment with #s on their jerseys (one game)
June 29: Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time
June 30: 22nd U.S. Golf Open: Chick Evans shoots a 286 at Minikahda Club MINN
June 30: General Douglas Haig reports "The men are in splendid spirits"


July 1: Battle on the Somme: British 4th Army walks to German lines
July 1: British court martial (Easter uprising)
July 1: Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market
July 1: Dwight Eisenhower marries Mary 'Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver. Colorado
July 1: Honus Wagner, 42, is oldest to hit an inside-the-park home run
July 2: Lenin says Imperialism is caused by capitalism
July 2: Russian offensive in Armenia
July 3: 1st of 3 fatal shark attacks occurred near New Jersey shore (4 die)
July 9: 1st cargo submarine to cross Atlantic arrives in U.S. from Germany
July 11: 1st federal grant-in-aid for state roads enacted
July 11: Congress passes Federal Aid Road Act
July 14: 33.6 cm rainfall at Effingham South Carolina (state record)
July 14: St. Louis Brown Ernie Koob pitches all 17 inns in a 0-0 tie vs Boston
July 15: 22.22" (56.4 cm) of rain falls in Altapass North Carolina (state record)
July 15: Boeing Co (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle Wash
July 20: Giants trade Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
July 22: A bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco killing 10
July 25: Explosion at Lake Erie and Cleveland Waterworks
July 29: Postal check and Girodienst establishes
July 30: German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, New Jersey


August 1: Hawaii National Park forms
August 4: Denmark cedes Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the U.S. for $25 million
August 8: A's set AL record with 19th consecutive loss on road
August 10: Turks annex Persian city Hamadan from Russia
August 12: Picasso, Max Jacob, Kisling, Ortiz and Paquerette photographed in Paris
August 17: Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
August 23: Military court of Berlin sentences Karl Liebknecht to 4 years
August 25: Department of Interior forms National Park Service
August 26: Philadelphia A's Bullet Joe Bush no-hits Cleveland, 5-0
August 26: Yankees turn triple-play beating Browns 10-6
August 27: Romania declares war on Austria-Hungary
August 28: Germany declares war on Romania
August 28: Italy declares war against Germany during WW I
August 29: Congress creates U.S. Naval reserve
August 29: General Von Hindenburg becomes German Chief of Staff
August 29: Transportship Hsin-Yu and cruiser Hai-Yung collide; 1000 die
August 29: U.S. Congress accept Jones Act: Philippines independence
August 29: Von Hindenburg replaces Von Falkenhayn as German chief of staff
August 30: Boston's Dutch Leonard no-hits St. Louis Browns, 4-0
August 30: Paul Von Hindenburg becomes chief-of-General-Staff in Germany
August 31: Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow," premieres in London


September 1: Bulgaria declares war on Romania
September 1: Keating-Owen Act (child labor banned from interstate commerce)
September 3: Allies turned back Germans in WW I's Battle of Verdun
September 4: Christy Mathewson and Mordecai Brown final baseball game
September 5: 36th U.S. Mens Tennis: R N Williams III beats Johnston (46 64 06 62 64)
September 7: Giants beat Brooklyn 4-1, to launch New York's record 26-game winning streak
September 7: Workmen's Compensation Act passed by Congress
September 11: German troops conquer Kavalla Greece
September 14: Christy Mathewson pitches and wins his final game
September 15: 1st tank used in war, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flors, France
September 15: Britains 1st use of tanks (Battle of Somme)
September 17: 40,000 Amsterdam demonstrators demand general voting right
September 19: 1st landing on Schiphol (Farman F-22 of Soesterberg)
September 19: Belgian troops conquer Tabora, German East Africa
September 24: Indians Marty Kavanaugh, hits AL's 1st pinch-hit grand slam
September 26: Bishop speak against Catholics in trade unions
September 27: 1st Native American Day celebrated, honoring American Indians
September 27: Emperor Lidj Jasu of Ethiopia flees
September 30: Giants lose to Braves 8-3, ends 26 consecutive win streak


October 2: Grover Cleveland Alexander records his 16th shutout of year
October 2: San Diego Zoo founded
October 4: Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for 1st time
October 5: Soldier Adolf Hitler is injured
October 7: 222 points are scored in a football game between Georgia Tech and Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee
October 9: Babe Ruth begins 29 2/3 scoreless World Series innings
October 9: Babe Ruth pitches and wins longest WS game (14 innings) 2-1
October 10: In Game 3, Charlie Ebbets becomes the 1st owner to raise the price of World Series grandstand seats to $5-up from $3
October 12: Boston Red Sox beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 13th World Series
October 16: Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson given $5,000 bonus
October 16: Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (46 Amboy St, Bkln)
October 16: T. E. Lawrence meets with Fasal Hoessein
October 17: Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage
October 21: U.S. Army forms Reserve Officers Training Corps
October 24: Moroccan troops capture Ft. Douaumont
October 26: Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
October 27: 1st published reference to "jazz" appears (Variety)
October 31: Clare Kummer's "Good Gracious Annabelle," premieres in New York City


November 2: Ft. Vaux, Verdun, reconquered by France
November 3: Treaty establishes British suzerainity over Qatar
November 5: Emperor Wilhelm II and French Jozef I establishes kingdom of Poland
November 5: Second Chamber accept initial impetus to general males/female suffrage
November 7: Grand duke Nikolai Nikolayevich warns czar of uprising
November 7: Jeannette Rankin, Representative-R-Montana 1917 - 1919 and 1941 - 1943, elected 1st woman Representative
November 7: Woodrow Wilson (D) re-elected president
November 13: British offensive at Ancre Belgium
November 16: Eugene O'Neill's "Bound East for Cardiff," premieres in New York City
November 16: I Berlin/V Herbert/H Blossoms musical premieres in New York City
November 16: U.S.S.R. La Satannaya ammunitions factory explodes, killing 1,000
November 18: General Douglas Haig finally calls off 1st Battle of the Somme in Europe
November 26: Greece declares war on Germany
November 28: 1st (German) air attack on London
November 29: Erwin Rommel marries Lucie "Lu" Mollin
November 29: U.S. declares martial law in Dominican Republic


December 2: Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract
December 6: German army under General Mackensen occupies Bucharest
December 7: British government of David Lloyd George forms
December 7: David Lloyd George replaces resigning H H Asquith as British PM
December 11: David Lloyd George forms British war government
December 12: Worst train disaster ever (Modane France-543 killed)
December 13: Avalanche kills 10,000 Austrian and Italian troops in 24 hours in Tyrol
December 13: Esme Stuart Lennox Robinsons premieres in Dublin
December 13: French chief of staff Joffre replaced by Nivelle
December 15: French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
December 19: Suriname Bauxite Company forms in Paramaribo
December 26: Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France
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