World War I - 1916
The Battle of Flers–Courcelette, the third and final general offensive mounted by the British Army in the Battle of the Somme, begins. This battle is notable for the debut of the new British Heavy Machine Gun Branch's "secret weapon" - the tank. (British Mark I shown at right)
The first of two great hurricanes to hit the Texas port city of Indianola come ashore. When the damage is done, only eight buildings are left undamaged and fatalities are estimated at 150 to 300 dead.
At 12:01 a.m., Prohibition ends. Anheuser-Busch sends their brewery wagon and Clydesdale horse team to distribute the beer in downtown San Antonio.
Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47.