1916 - Einstein, WWI, Etc...
The general theory of relativity announced by Albert Einstein revolutionized the science of physics. At the University of Berlin and a director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, Einstein had evolved the theory from his work in the geometrization of physics and the integration of gravitational, accelerational, and magnetic phenomena which he would unite into a unified field theory represented by a single set of equations.
1916 was also the year that the World WAr in Europe took a heavy toll; the United States remained neutral while chasing Mexican bandit Pancho Villa; the Irish rose against the British in a great Easter rebellion; and the Arb revolt against the Turks began in the Hejaz.
The British ship hospital s. S. Britannic sinks in 50 minutes, Novembe 21 after hitting a mine en route to pick up 3,500 wounded from the Aegean island of Lemnos for transfer to Naples. The ship had 1,136 aboard and 30 were killed, most of them by the Britannic's own propellers.
Pancho Villa raided Columbus, New Mexico, March 9, killing 17 Americans, and a U. S. punitive expedition had moved into Mexico March 15 under thecommand of Genreal John J. Pershing, 55. Pershing had orders to "capture Villa dead or alive." General Pershing was unable to capture Pancho Villa and would withdraw in early February of next year (1906).
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