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1916 (Roman Numerals: MCMXVI) was the 16th year of the 20th century. 1916 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Saturday.
In 1916 World War I continued to rage. The great naval fleets of Britain and Germany clashed at the Battle Of Jutland. There was bloody stalemate, and trench warfare on the Western Front, as exemplified by the Battle of Verdun and Battle of the Somme. Irish nationalists launched an armed uprising against Britain in the Easter rising.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1916.
News Events of 1916
Battle of Verdun, a ferocious battle of attrition on the Western Front between German and French forces, lasts 10 months.
Easter rising, an anti-British rebellion in Ireland.
Battle of the Somme, British suffer 60,000 casualties.
Tanks introduced by British.
Battle Of Jutland between British and German navies, results in no clear victor.
David Lloyd George becomes British Prime Minister.
Billy Hughes becomes Prime Minister of Australia.
Fire destroys Canadian parliament buildings in Ottawa.
Grigori Rasputin is murdered.
Gustav Holst composes "The Planets".
Britain introduces Daylight Saving Time.
Woodrow Wilson sends 4,800 US troops into Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa.
Sports in 1916
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