Historical Events For Year 1916

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January 1, 1916

Stored blood that had been preserved by being kept cool is used in a blood transfusion by the British Royal Army Medical Corps, resulting in the first successful procedure of this nature.
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March 7, 1916

The automobile company Bayerischen Motoren Werke, referred to as BMW, is founded in Munich Germany.
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May 5, 1916

The Dominican Republic is invaded by the United States Marines. Read More

May 21, 1916

Daylight saving time is initiated by Britain. Read More

June, 1916

The Arab Revolt begins Read More

June 5, 1916

Lord Kitchener is aboard the HMS Hampshire when it sinks after hitting a mine off the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
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July 1–November 18, 1916

More than one million soldiers die at the Battle of the Somme during World War I. Read More

July 1–12, 1916

The inspiration for Peter Benchley's Jaws, the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, consists of 5 swimmers being mauled by a shark along 80 miles of New Jersey coastline which ended in 4 deaths and one survival who required limb amputation.
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July 22, 1916

10 are killed and 40 are injured when a bomb explodes on Market Street in San Francisco, California during a Preparedness Day parade.

July 29, 1916

The towns of Cochrane and Matheson are destroyed and 233 left dead when a lightning strike ignites a forest fire in Ontario, Canada.

July 30, 1916

With the intention of destroying American ammunition supplies, German agents cause an explosion at an armament storehouse in New Jersey in what is known as the Black Tom explosion.
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August 9, 1916

California establishes the Lassen Volcanic National Park. Read More

August 21, 1916

Neutrality is declared by Peru. Read More

August 25, 1916

The National Park Service is created by the signing of a legislation by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
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August 28, 1916

Germany declares war on Romania and Italy declares war on Germany during World War I.

August 29, 1916

The Philippine Autonomy Act is passed by the United States. Read More

September 11, 1916

13 workers are killed by a mechanical failure on the Quebec Bridge for the second time causing the central span to crash into the Saint Lawrence River.

October 16, 1916

The first U.S. birth control clinic, which was the forerunner of today's Planned Parenthood, is opened by Margaret Sanger.
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November 1, 1916

The Endicott-Johnson factories of Western New York are the first to officially start implementing the 40 hour work week.

November 7, 1916

The first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives is Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana.
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November 13, 1916

Due to his support for conscription, Billy Hughes, the Prime Minister of Australia, is expelled from the Labor Party.

November 22, 1916

Jack London the writer dies at his California home at age 40 of kidney failure. Read More

December 31, 1916

One of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the nation at this time, the Hampton Terrace Hotel, burns to the ground in North Augusta, South Carolina.
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