The Year Was 1916

The Year Was 1916

  • The U.S. population was 101,961,000.
  • A loaf of bread cost about $0.07.
  • A postage stamp cost $0.02.
  • Coffee was about $0.15 per pound.
  • Sugar was about $0.04 per pound.
  • The average price of a U.S. house was $5,000.
  • The average price of a car was $400.
  • The tallest building in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
  • Only 8% of homes had a telephone.
  • The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field).
  • World War I was in its third year. The Battles of Verdun and the Somme River, both in France, were notable battles during 1916.
  • Claude Monet began work on his masterpiece Waterlilies.
  • On Easter Monday a small group of Irish nationalists attempted to declare independence from France. They were defeated less than a week later.
  • Newscaster Walter Cronkite was born.
  • New in 1916 were windshield wipers, lipstick in metal cartridges, the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Keds sneakers, Lincoln Logs, and the National Park Service.
  • The Boston Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-1 in the World Series.
  • Woodrow Wilson was reelected President of the United States.
  • Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.
  • The United States purchased the Danish West Indies (U.S. Virgin Islands) from Denmark for $25 million. This was a military move to keep Germany from occupying a location so close to the Panama Canal had Germany absorbed Denmark in World War I.
  • Following a brush arbor meeting, thirty people chartered a new church on the north end of Etowah, TN, naming it North Etowah Baptist Church.