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1916 Historical Event(s)
- February 4, 1916 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- February 29, 1916 – Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
- March 9, 1916 – Pancho Villa leads nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico.
- April 24, 1916 – 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 the ice-trapped ship ship .
- June 24, 1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract.
- August 2, 1916 – World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
- September 17, 1916 – World War I: Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
- November 5, 1916 – The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between the Industrial Workers of the World organizers and local police.
- December 6, 1916 – World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
- December 19, 1916 – World War I: Battle of Verdun – On the Western Front, the French Army successfully holds off the German Army and drives it back to its starting position.
Who Were Born On 1916?
- March 31, 1916 – Lucille Bliss, American voice actress
- April 26, 1916 – Vic Perrin, American actor (d. 1989)
- May 8, 1916 – João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist
- June 5, 1916 – Eddie Joost, American baseball player and manager (d. 2011)
- June 24, 1916 – William B. Saxbe, American politician (d. 2010)
- July 31, 1916 – Bill Todman, American game show producer (d. 1979)
- August 14, 1916 – Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants (d. 2005)
- September 12, 1916 – Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver (d. 1961)
- September 15, 1916 – Frederick C. Weyand, U.S. Army General (d. 2010)
- November 24, 1916 – Forrest J. Ackerman, American writer (d. 2008)