Historical Events for Year 1916

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Jan 1st - 1st football game in Rose Bowl (Washington State-Brown)
Jan 1st - 1st issue of "Journal of Negro History" published
Jan 5th - Austria-Hungary offensive against Montenegro
Jan 7th - German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun
Jan 7th - In response to pressure from President Wilson, Germany notifies the State Department that it will abide by strict international rules of maritime warfare
Jan 8th - World War I: Allied forces withdraw from Gallipoli.
Jan 9th - The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops are evacuated.
Jan 10th - Russian offensive in Kaukasus
Jan 10th - In retaliation for President Wilson's recognition of the Carranza government, members of Pacho Villa's revolutionary army take 17 American mining engineers from a train and shoot 16 of them in cold blood
Jan 11th - French troops capture/Serbian army flees to Corfu
Jan 12th - Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Is colony in Pacific
Jan 14th - Dutch Zuiderzee dyke cracks
Jan 17th - 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY
Jan 17th - Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in NYC
Jan 18th - A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite stikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
Jan 23rd - Temp falls from 44°F (7°C) to -56°F (49°C) night of 23-24, Browning MT
Jan 24th - The Military Service Bill, calling for conscription of men for war services, passes in the British House of Commons
Jan 25th - Montenegro surrenders to Austria-Hungary
Jan 27th - Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
Jan 28th - 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
Jan 28th - German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
Jan 28th - Opera "Goyescas," premieres (NYC)
Jan 29th - 1st bombing of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
Jan 31st - Dutch Girl Guides form
Feb 3rd - Canada's original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burns down
Feb 3rd - Tristan Tzar publishes Dada-manifest in Zurich Switzerland
Feb 5th - Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Co
Feb 8th - French cruiser "Admiral Charner" torpedoed off Syrian coast, kills 374
Feb 8th - NL votes down Charlie Ebbets proposal to limit 25 cent seats
Feb 9th - Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
Feb 9th - NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
Feb 10th - Military conscription begins in Britain
Feb 11th - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
Feb 11th - Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
Feb 11th - Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March
Feb 12th - 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith strip "Gumps"
Feb 15th - NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
Feb 16th - Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Empire city of Erzurum during WWI
Feb 16th - The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships
Feb 16th - The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
Feb 17th - Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith' musical premieres in NYC
Feb 18th - The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders
Feb 21st - Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
Feb 22nd - The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
Feb 23rd - Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
Feb 23rd - French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
Feb 25th - German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
Feb 26th - Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin Feb 26th - Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
Feb 26th - Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia
Mar 1st - Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic
Mar 8th - US invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime
Mar 9th - Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa invades US (18 killed)
Mar 9th - Germany declares war against Portugal
Mar 12th - French airship sinks British submarine D3
Mar 14th - Battle of Verdun - German attack on Mort-Homme ridge, West of Verdun
Mar 15th - Dutch merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed by German submarine & sinks in North Sea
Mar 15th - Gen Pershing and 15,000 troops chase Villa into Mexico; they stay 10 for 10 months
Mar 15th - University of Gent goes under Dutch control
Mar 16th - James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella" premieres in London
Mar 16th - US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty
Mar 20th - Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
Mar 21st - JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as gov-gen of Neth Indies
Mar 24th - German submarines torpedo the French Channel packet 'Sussex' which is unarmed
Mar 25th - Heavyweight Jess Willard & Franc Moran fight to no decision in NYC
Mar 25th - Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for boxing title
Mar 25th - Women are allowed to attend a boxing match
Mar 26th - Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary
Mar 30th - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2
Mar 31st - Dutch government ends all military engagements
Apr 1st - 1st US national women's swiming championships held
Apr 2nd - German troops overtake Bois de Caillette
Apr 2nd - 57 armed New Zealand police invade the remote Ngāi Tūhoe settlement of Maungapōhatu in the Urewera Ranges to arrest the Māori prophet Rua Kēnana
Apr 4th - US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I
Apr 5th - French troops occupy Bois de Caillette
Apr 6th - German parliament OKs unrestricted submarine warfare
Apr 8th - Norway approves active & passive female suffrage
Apr 8th - In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators.
Apr 10th - 1st professional golf tournament held
Apr 10th - The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.
Apr 18th - US Secretary of State Warns Germany that the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stop
Apr 19th - "Bing Boys are Here" opens in London
Apr 19th - 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth of Mass in 2:27:16.4
Apr 19th - Italians troops conquer Col di Lana at Merano
Apr 20th - German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
Apr 20th - Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cin Reds 7-6
Apr 21st - Sir Roger Casement, an Ulster Protestant and ardent Irish nationalist, lands on the coast from a German submarine; he attempts to get German aid for an uprising against the British
Apr 22nd - France battles at Fort Douaumont
Apr 23rd - Lord Dunsany's "Night at an Inn" premieres in NYC
Apr 24th - Easter rebellion of Irish against British occupation begins
Apr 24th - Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance.
Apr 29th - Irish nationalists set post office on fire in Dublin
Apr 30th - Chicago Cubs play 1st game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) beat Reds
May 2nd - US president Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
May 2nd - 2nd Ave & Bronx Terrace renamed Bronx Blvd; Seward Pl renamed Sycamore Ave; Herald Ave renamed Dickinson Ave; Monroe & Selwyn Avenue named
May 3rd - The leaders of the Easter Rising are executed in Dublin.
May 4th - At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
May 5th - US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
May 6th - Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East-Africa
May 8th - German munitions bunker in Fort Douaumont explodes
May 9th - British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey
May 10th - Disastrous fire in Ellendale, ND
May 10th - Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
May 13th - 1st observance of Indian (Native American) Day
May 13th - 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
May 15th - Asiago, Italy, falls when Austrian troops attack the Italian front
May 15th - Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the government orders US Marines to land in Santo Domingo; the American occupation will continue until 1924
May 16th - 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
May 17th - British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
May 18th - US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft
May 19th - Escadrille Américaine (Lafayette) transfered to Verdun
May 20th - Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)
May 20th - Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
May 21st - Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
May 22nd - French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
May 23rd - Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun
May 24th - Conscription begins in Britain
May 24th - French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
May 24th - Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
May 24th - US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
May 27th - Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx
May 27th - President Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations
May 29th - NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
May 29th - Official flag of president of US adopted
May 29th - US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
May 30th - Indianapolis 500: Dario Resta wins in 3:34:16.990 (135.187 km/h)
May 31st - Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak): naval battle betwwen British Grand Fleet and German High Seas Fleet: 10,000 die in this inconcluisve slaughter
May 31st - British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, killing all but 6 (Battle of Jutland)
Jun 1st - German attack on Fort Vaux, Verdun
Jun 2nd - German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux
Jun 3rd - US National Defense Act establishes Reserve Officers Training Corps
Jun 4th - General Aleksei Brusilov begins a massive Russian offensive on the Eastern Front (WWI)
Jun 5th - The Sherif Hussein proclaims a revolt of the Arabs in the province of Hejaz, an action that undermines the Turkish Empire
Jun 6th - Voters in East Cleveland approves women suffrage
Jun 6th - 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
Jun 7th - Theodore Roosevelt declines nomination of the Progressive Party and throws his support behind Republican Charles Evans Hughes
Jun 7th - Germany troop march into Fort Faux, Verdun
Jun 10th - 48th Belmont: E Haynes aboard Friar Rock wins in 2:22
Jun 10th - Great Arab Revolt begins against ruling Ottoman turks
Jun 12th - 30th US Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beats Louise Raymond (6-0 6-1)
Jun 12th - Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at US tennis championship
Jun 14th - The Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Wilson campaigns on the slogan 'he kept out out of the war'
Jun 14th - 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 15th - Boys Scouts of America forms
Jun 16th - Boston Brave's Tom Hughes 2nd no-hitter beats Pitts, 2-0
Jun 17th - 1st national congress of Sarekat Islam at Bandoeng Java
Jun 17th - US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico
Jun 18th - Yanks score in every inning but 8th to beat Indians 19-3 in baseball
Jun 21st - Boston Rube Forster no-hits NY Yankees, 2-0
Jun 21st - Mexican troops beat US expeditionary force under Gen Pershing

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