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1 Jan 1916
  • Denise Bloch was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lieutenant R. B. Davis of the British Royal Naval Air Service was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour whilst flying a Nieuport fighter. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Richard O'Connor was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Jan 1916
  • On the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey the last British ammunition dumps were blown up following the successful evacuation of the expeditionary force. ww2dbase [AC]
12 Jan 1916
  • German aces Osward Boelcke and Max Immelmann were awarded the Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest decoration for military bravery. At the time both lieutenants had eight aerial victories. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The first experimental tank moved under its own power in Britain. ww2dbase [AC]
14 Jan 1916
  • The British Royal Flying Corps ordered that, in the face of opposition from German Fokker monoplanes, in future each reconnaissance aircraft must be escorted by a minimum of three fighters. ww2dbase [AC]
Australia
  • Leonard Siffleet was born in Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
26 Jan 1916
  • The world first tank "Big Willie" was driven out of the works of William Foster & Co. of Lincoln, England, United Kingdom by Charlie Maughan. Built in only ten weeks from scratch "Big Willie" was to be taken by rail to commence Army trials at Hatfield. ww2dbase [AC]
28 Jan 1916

Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Hisamori Taguchi was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Feb 1916
  • Malaya was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Feb 1916
  • British Chief Petty Officer Hill of the Royal Naval Air Service became the first man in history to be called a tank driver when he took the controls of the new invention at the official unveiling ceremony. ww2dbase [AC]
19 Feb 1916
  • HMS Valiant was commissioned into service with Captain Maurice Woollcombe as her first commanding officer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Mar 1916
  • George Brett married Mary Devol, daughter of Major General Carroll Devol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Mar 1916

United States
  • Norman Kleiss was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Mar 1916

France
  • Lorraine was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Mar 1916
  • Nevada was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
13 Mar 1916
  • Franklin Roosevelt's son John was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Mar 1916
  • Francis Tuker was promoted to the rank of acting captain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Mar 1916
  • Quintin Brand became a pilot under training with the special reserve of the British Royal Flying Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Bruce Fraser was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-commander. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • The keel of destroyer Kashi was laid down at Maizuru Naval Arsenal, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
16 Mar 1916
  • US military aircraft flew their first reconnaissance mission over foreign territory when the 1st Aero Squadron equipped with Curtiss JN-3s joined Army units retaliating after a raid by Mexican rebel "Pancho" Villa claimed the lives of 19 Americans. ww2dbase [AC]
22 Mar 1916
  • Werner von Blomberg was promoted to the rank of Major. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Mar 1916
  • Quintin Brand received Royal Aero Club Certificate No. 3949. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Apr 1916

Japan
  • Masafumi Arima returned to Japan from his midshipman tour. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Lieutenant General Tan Shirozu was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Chinkai naval base in southern Korea was upgraded to a Guard District by the Japanese Navy with Vice Admiral Kujuro Yamaguchi in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Apr 1916

Korea
  • Rear Admiral Tsuneha Sano was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Apr 1916
  • Francis Tuker stepped down from the rank of acting captain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Apr 1916

Georgia
  • Shalva Loladze was born in Georgia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Apr 1916
  • Royal Sovereign was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Apr 1916
  • The Escadrille Américaine (latterly the Escadrille Lafayette) was established as a US volunteer unit flying Nieuport II aircraft with the French Aéronautique Militaire on the Western Front in WW1. ww2dbase [AC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima departed for an overseas tour. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Battlecruiser Glorious was launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
27 Apr 1916
  • The Pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Russell was wrecked after hitting a mine off Malta. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Friedrich Christiansen was awarded the Iron Cross First Class and Knights Cross with Swords of the House Order of Hohenzollern. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 May 1916
  • Oklahoma was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 May 1916

Japan
  • Kenkichi Ueda was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 May 1916

Japan
  • Morihiro was born in Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 May 1916

China
  • Rear Admiral Kanshiro Haji was named the chief of staff of Vice Admiral Takeshi Takarabe (Ryojun Military Port, northeastern China). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 May 1916
  • Quintin Brand became a pilot with the No. 1 Squadron of the British Royal Flying Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 May 1916
  • The Sykes-Picot agreement was signed in which Sir Mark Sykes of Great Britain and George Picot of France obtained from Russia agreement as to how the Ottoman Empire would be divided up after the war. In exchange for British and French territorial gains, Russia would take control of the Turkish Armenian provinces and northern Kurdistan. ww2dbase [AC]
20 May 1916

United States
  • Henry Arnold was made a supply officer at the US Army Signal Corps Aviation School at Rockwell Field in San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 May 1916

Ceylon
  • Rohan Amerasekera was born in Kegalle, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
22 May 1916
  • British fighter ace Captain Albert Ball of the Royal Flying Corps was credited with his first two aerial victories. ww2dbase [AC]
23 May 1916
  • George Patton was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 May 1916
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jun 1916
  • Quintin Brand was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Jun 1916
  • British Secretary of State for War, Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, was drowned when the ship in which he was travelling to on a diplomatic mission to Russia (HMS Hampshire) hit a mine laid by the German U-boat U-75. ww2dbase [AC]
12 Jun 1916
  • Pennsylvania was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Jun 1916
  • Tetsuzo Iwamoto was born in Karafuto, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Jun 1916
  • German pilot Oberleutnant Max Immelmann, "The Eagle of Lille", was killed when his Fokker E.III aircraft was shot down by a British Fe.2b aircraft of No. 25 Squadron RFC flown by Second Lieutenant McCubbin and Corporal J. H. Walker. ww2dbase [AC]
23 Jun 1916
  • Victor Emmanuel Chapman, flying with the Escadrille Lafayette volunteer group, became the first American pilot to be killed in action when he was shot down near Verdun, France. ww2dbase [AC]
25 Jun 1916

Korea
  • A Shinto ceremony was held at the site of the future General Government Building in Keijo (now Seoul), Korea to bless the construction work. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jul 1916
  • George Brett was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Jul 1916

United States
  • Iva Toguri was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Jul 1916

Korea
  • The construction for the General Government Building in Keijo (now Seoul), Korea began. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Jul 1916
  • Lyudmila Pavlichenko was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
22 Jul 1916

Russia
  • Boris Shaposhnikov was awarded the Order of Saint Stanislaus, 3rd Class with Swords and Bow. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
31 Jul 1916
  • Robert Saundby forced down a German Eindekker aircraft but was slightly injured in the fighting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Aug 1916

United Kingdom
  • Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson RFC, flying a BE.2c, destroyed the German airship Schütte-Lanz St.11. As a result of this victory, large scale airship raids on London, England, United Kingdom were effectively dissuaded, and Robinson would receive the Victoria Cross in the following month. ww2dbase [AC]
5 Aug 1916
  • Major L. W. B. Rees RFC was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour whilst flying an Airco DH.2 fighter. ww2dbase [AC]
11 Aug 1916

Japan
  • Kaname Harada was born in Asakawa village, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Aug 1916

Denmark
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Aug 1916
  • Repulse was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • General Yoshifuru Akiyama was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Seigo Inokuchi. ww2dbase [CPC]
22 Aug 1916

Japan
  • Masafumi Arima returned to Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Aug 1916

Japan
  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to Shikishima. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Aug 1916
  • HMS Valiant collided with HMS Warspite, causing some damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell departed the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Aug 1916

Japan
  • Saburo Sakai was born in Saga, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Aug 1916

Japan
  • Chuichi Nagumo's marriage certificate was made official. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Aug 1916
  • The US Navy ordered the construction of what was to be submarine R-1. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • William Halsey was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • William Leahy was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The construction for future submarine R-5 was ordered. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Sep 1916
  • The keel of British battlecruiser Hood was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Renown was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Sep 1916
  • George Brett transferred to the Aviation Section of the US Army Signal Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Sep 1916
  • The French submarine Foucault was sunk by an Austrian Löhner flying-boat. ww2dbase [AC]
18 Sep 1916
  • HMS Valiant completed repairs for the damaged incurred during a collision with HMS Warspite in the previous month. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Sep 1916

United Kingdom
  • Eleven German Zeppelin airships raided England, United Kingdom, with three heading for London. LZ 76 (L-33) was forced to land after being damaged by anti-aircraft fire, and LZ 74 (L-32) was attacked by Second Lieutenant F. Sowrey, causing it to burst into flames. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Oct 1916
  • British pilot Raymond Collishaw, later the highest-scoring Royal Navy Air Service ace, gained the first of his 60 aerial victories. ww2dbase [AC]
13 Oct 1916
  • Omar Bradley was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Oct 1916
  • USS Arizona was commissioned into service with Captain John McDonald in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Oct 1916
  • The Austrian Prime Minister Karl Stürgkh was assassinated by Friedrich Adler, the son of the Socialists' leader. Adler was never brought to trial. ww2dbase [AC]
24 Oct 1916
  • Heinrich Hoffmann's wife Therese gave birth to their son Heinrich. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Oct 1916
  • German fighter Ace Hauptmann Osward Boelcke was killed when the wing of his Albatros scout was struck by the undercarriage of another Albatros flown by Leutnant Boehme. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Nov 1916

Russia
  • Boris Shaposhnikov was awarded the Order of St. Anna, 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Nov 1916

Japan
  • Prince Hirohito was made the Crown Prince of Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Nov 1916

United States
  • John Basilone was born in Buffalo, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Nov 1916

United States
  • USS Arizona departed Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, United States for shakedown training. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Nov 1916
  • Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria died. He was succeeded by Charles, son of the Archduke Otto. One of Charles's first actions on becoming Emperor was to issue a declaration that he wished to end Austria's participation in the war. ww2dbase [AC]
26 Nov 1916

United States
  • Henry Arnold took his first solo flight since his leave of absence from the Aviation Section of the US Army Signal Corps in 1912. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Nov 1916
  • Erwin Rommel married Lucia Maria Mollin in Danzig. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Nov 1916

United Kingdom
  • A German L.V.G. C.II aircraft flown by Deck Offizier R. Brandt dropped six bombs near Victoria railway station in central London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Dec 1916
  • Chuichi Nagumo was attached to the Fourth Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Admiral Teijiro Kuroi succeeded Vice Admiral Takeshi Takarabe as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Military Port (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Destroyer Kashi was launched at Maizuru Naval Arsenal, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Captain Chikatami Honda was named the commanding officer of Settsu, and Settsu was placed in reserve at Kure, Japan for a scheduled period of refitting. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Prince Hiroyasu was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Tsuyoshi Kimura was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Vice Admiral Kichitaro Togo was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Tatsuo Matsumura was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Dec 1916
  • Yekaterina Budanova was born in Konoplanka, Smolensk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Dec 1916

Photo(s) dated 10 Dec 1916
Battleship Pennsylvania in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 10 Dec 1916
12 Dec 1916
  • General Robert Nivelle was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Army. ww2dbase [AC]
16 Dec 1916

United States
  • USS Arizona arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Dec 1916

Photo(s) dated 19 Dec 1916
Yamashiro running trials off Tateyama, Japan, 19 Dec 1916
21 Dec 1916

United Kingdom
  • The construction of the first prototype Medium Mark A Whippet tank began in Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Dec 1916

United States
  • USS Arizona arrived at Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, United States for post-shakedown overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
31 Dec 1916

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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