A hundred years ago, the world was almost unrecognisable… Right?


It’s 1916. The world’s been immersed in the Great War for two years. By the end of the war in 1918, more than 17 million people will have laid dead, and 30 million will be wounded. This will make it the ninth deadliest conflict in history; the first will be World War II.

Image above: Military march in Floriana – source


George V is King of England. His cousin, Wilhelm II, is the Emperor of Germany, and their cousin Tsar Nicholas II has one more year to reign before the Russian Revolution.


Malta still has 48 years to go till Independence Day. The island is currently known as the Nurse of the Mediterranean, hosting injured soldiers from all corners of the world. It is under British rule.

Valletta’s Grand Harbour – Source: Pinterest

Video of Malta’s Independence: 


Empress Zewditu of Ethiopia has become the first female ruler of an internationally recognised African state. She will be the last Empress regnant in the history of the world.


The UK (on behalf of Canada) and the US have signed a Migratory Bird Treaty to ensure the protection of birds.

The U.S. is involved in the Mexican Revolution, a conflict which started in 1910 and will last till 1920. The revolution began when liberals and intellectuals challenged the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz.

BMW has just been founded in Germany.


J.R.R. Tolkien hasn’t written The Lord of the Rings yet, nor The Hobbit. In fact, he’s got married to Edith Bratt in 1916, who would inspire him to create the characters of Lúthien Tinúviel and Arwen Evenstar.

Roald Dahl is just three months old. Kirk Douglas and Betty Grable are barely a month old.


Grigori Rasputin has literally just been murdered.

The Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Peace were not awarded to anyone.


What’s my point? Every year is eventful. Every year is meaningful. Conflict is always rife. Geniuses are born on a yearly basis, and whether we consider our world to be conservative or liberal, there will always be years that are more conservative and liberal than the one we’re in.

Were you surprised by any of these events?

Where do you think we will be in 100 years’ time?