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- March 8 to 9 - Pancho Villa leads about 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico, killing 12 U.S. soldiers. A garrison of the U.S. 13th Cavalry Regiment fights back and drives them away.
- May 15 - 17-year old farmhand Jesse Washington is brutally lynched in Waco, Texas after being accused of raping and murdering his white employer's wife.
- July 1 - Beginning of the Battle of the Somme.
- November 18 - End of the Battle of the Somme.
- February 18 - Hans Schmidt
- April 19 - Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz
- June 6 - Yuan Shikai
- December 30 - Grigori Rasputin
- May 15 - Jesse Washington