- U.S. National Park Service in the Department of the Interior is created by Congress.
- Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in the country in Brooklyn.
- Charlie Chaplin signs with Mutual Studios and earns an unprecedented $10,000 a week.
- Albert Einstein completes his general theory of relativity.
- First Norman Rockwell cover appears on The Saturday Evening Post.
- Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin is murdered by two Romanov family members.
Historical Highlights from 1916