Records of the past have been kept through the use of newspapers throughout a number of years. They are an irreplaceable source for researching history, and we have utilized this to feature the most notable events that occurred in 1916, including the founding of BMW, the Arab Revolt, the establishment of the National Park Service, the first election of a woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
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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.
March 7, 1916
The automobile company Bayerischen Motoren Werke, referred to as BMW, is founded in Munich Germany.
May 5, 1916
The Dominican Republic is invaded by the United States Marines.
May 21, 1916
Daylight saving time is initiated by Britain.
Lord Kitchener is aboard the HMS Hampshire when it sinks after hitting a mine off the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
July 1–November 18, 1916
More than one million soldiers die at the Battle of the Somme during World War I.
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.
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.
August 9, 1916
California establishes the Lassen Volcanic National Park.