What Happened in 1917

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 276

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Jan 1 T. E. Lawrence joins the forces of the Arabian sheik Feisal al Husayn, beginning his adventures that will lead him to Damascus by October, 1918

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Jan 1 3rd Rose Bowl: Oregon beats Pennsylvania 14-0
  • Jan 2 Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank
  • Jan 8 Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
  • Jan 9 World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
  • Jan 10 The Allied Governments respond to US President Wilson's December 1916 note, giving their terms for ending the war
  • Jan 11 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece
  • Jan 17 US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
  • Jan 19 The Silvertown explosion: 300 die when a munitions factory in Essex explodes.
  • Jan 27 Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)
  • Jan 28 Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
  • Jan 29 British submarine K13 sank in Gaire Loch, Scotland; 32 of her crew died
  • Jan 31 Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship
  • Jan 31 Mexican President Carranza announces a new constitution with many liberal elements; most of which his regime will not implement
  • Feb 1 German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
  • Feb 3 US liner Housatonic is sunk by German submarine, on the same day that US President Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany
  • Feb 4 Belgian Council of Flanders established
  • Feb 5 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • Feb 5 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

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Feb 5 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Feb 10 Johanna Westerdijk installed as Nethrland's 1st female professor
  • Feb 15 SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
  • Feb 16 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • Feb 17 In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
  • Feb 20 Ammunition ship explodes in Archangel harbour, about 1,500 die
  • Feb 20 Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
  • Feb 21 Train near Chirurcha, Romania, catches fire & explodes; hundreds die
  • Feb 22 German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
  • Feb 22 [NS Mar 7] Russian February Revolution begins with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
  • Feb 24 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
  • Feb 24 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
  • Feb 26 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

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Feb 26 [NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies

  • Feb 26 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • Feb 28 AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I
  • Mar 1 1st federal land bank chartered in USA
  • Mar 1 U.S. government releases the plaintext of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public.
  • Mar 2 Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
  • Mar 3 US Congress passes 1st excess profits tax on corporations
  • Mar 3 Mexico and the USA renew diplomatic relations

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Mar 5 US President Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated for a second term

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Mar 7 1st jazz record record released on a 78 by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company ("Dixie Jazz Band One Step," one side "Livery Stable Blues" other)
  • Mar 7 Russian February Revolution breaks out [OS=Feb 24] with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
  • Mar 8 Russian 'February Revolution' begins; riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war.
  • Mar 10 Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines's earliest encomiendas.
  • Mar 11 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
  • Mar 11 British forces occupy Baghdad, the capital of Mesopotamia, after Turkish forces evacuated
  • Mar 12 [OS Feb 27] Russian Duma sets up the Provisional Committee; Soviets form Executive Committee
  • Mar 12 Stalin, Kamenev & Muranov arrives in Petrograd/St Petersburg
  • Mar 12 A German submarine sinks an unamred US merchant ship, the 'Algonquin' on the same day that US President Wilson gives executive order to arm US merchant ships
  • Mar 15 Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him [OS Mar 2]
  • Mar 16 [OS Mar 3] Russian Grand Duke Michael, brother of Tsar Nicholas II declines the Russian throne
  • Mar 17 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis
  • Mar 17 Delta Phi Epsilon is founded at New York University Law School.

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 17 Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino

  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court upheld 8-hr work day for railroad employees
  • Mar 20 After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable
  • Mar 21 Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy's 1st female Petty Officer
  • Mar 22 The USA is the first nation to recognize the new government of Russia
  • Mar 23 Tornadoes kills 211 over 4 days in Midwest US

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Mar 25 Canadian ace Billy Bishop claims his first victory, shooting down and mortally wounding German Leutnant Theiller

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • Mar 26 Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 - Seattle is 1st US team to win Stanley Cup
  • Mar 26 British win a battle against Turks at Gaza
  • Mar 28 Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities
  • Mar 28 Puccini's "La Rondine" premieres in Monte Carlo
  • Mar 31 US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands

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Apr 2 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • Apr 2 US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

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Apr 3 Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland [NS=April 16]

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Apr 4 US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I
  • Apr 6 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
  • Apr 7 De Falla's ballet "El Sombrero de tres Picos" premieres in Madrid
  • Apr 7 James Barries' "Old Lady Shows Her" premieres in London
  • Apr 9 Battle of Arras begins
  • Apr 9 Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops
  • Apr 10 Munition factory explosion at Eddystone PA, kills 133 workers

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Apr 11 Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 12 Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St NYC (Demolished 1982)
  • Apr 12 Domenico Scarlatti & Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome
  • Apr 14 Chicago White Sox Ed Cicotte no-hits St Louis Browns, 11-0
  • Apr 16 [OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution
  • Apr 16 [OS Apr 4] Lenin issues his radical "April Theses" calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution
  • Apr 19 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of NY in 2:28:37.2
  • Apr 24 Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway
  • Apr 24 US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, authorizing the Treasury to issue a public subscription for 2 billion in bonds for the war
  • May 2 Cin Fred Tooney & Chic's Hippo Vaughn pitch duel no-hitter, Vaughn gives up 2 hits & a run in 10th, so Cin wins 1-0
  • May 3 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
  • May 4 A flotilla of US destroyer ships arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England
  • May 5 St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
  • May 6 St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0

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May 7 Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 10 Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks

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May 11 King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • May 12 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4
  • May 12 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6
  • May 13 1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
  • May 13 Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" premieres
  • May 15 The first officer's training camp is opened in the US, as the country prepares for war

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 496

  • Jan 1 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 1 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (d. 2004)
  • Jan 2 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 3 Vernon Walters, US permanent rep to the UN, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 5 Reginald Smith Brindle, composer
  • Jan 5 Wieland Wagner, German opera director
  • Jan 5 Jane Wyman, St. Joseph, Missouri, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan (d. 2007)
  • Jan 5 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (d. 2006)
  • Jan 6 Guillermo Rosario, Dutch Antilles, writer (E rais ku no ke muri)
  • Jan 6 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (d. 2005)
  • Jan 7 Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer
  • Jan 8 Peter Taylor, US writer
  • Jan 8 Stanley Prager, comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 9 Herbert Lom, Czech, actor (Pink Panther Strikes Again, Dorian Gray)
  • Jan 10 Jerry Wexler, music producer (Aretha Franklin/Bob Dylan)
  • Jan 12 Walter Hendl, West New York NJ, conductor
  • Jan 12 Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach (d. 2007)
  • Jan 12 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist (d. 2008)
  • Jan 13 Felix Guerro Diaz, composer
  • Jan 16 Buddy Lester, actor (Nick-Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 16 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • Jan 17 Oskar Morawetz, Svetla Czechoslovakia, composer
  • Jan 17 Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer
  • Jan 17 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • Jan 18 Oscar Lewenstein, impressario
  • Jan 18 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman
  • Jan 19 John Raitt, Bonnie Raitt's father/singer/actor (Pajama Game)
  • Jan 19 Rudolf Maros, composer
  • Jan 21 Rohan Butler, historian
  • Jan 22 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • Jan 22 Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • Jan 24 Ernest Borgnine, Hamden Ct, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale, Marty), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 25 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist Nobel Laureate (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25 Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician (d. 1992)
  • Jan 29 John Raitt, Santa Ana California, actor/singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game)
  • Jan 30 Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver and motorsport journalist d. 2008)
  • Jan 31 Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
  • Jan 31 José Maceda, Filipino composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)
  • Feb 4 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
  • Feb 6 Zsa Zsa Gabor, [Zsa Sari], Budapest, actress (Queen of Outer Space)
  • Feb 6 Arthur Gold, pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 6 Liberato Firmino Sifonia, composer
  • Feb 11 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11 Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
  • Feb 11 T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • Feb 12 Thomas K Scherman, conductor (Little Orch Society 1947-75), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • Feb 13 Polly Rose, actress (Myrtle-Love That Jill)
  • Feb 14 Herbert A Hauptman, x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (d. 1965)
  • Feb 19 Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England
  • Feb 19 Carson McCullers, US, novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • Feb 20 Frederick Page, CEO (British Aerospace Aircraft Group)
  • Feb 21 Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • Feb 22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • Feb 22 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • Feb 22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in New York City (d. 1973)
  • Feb 23 Kenneth Tobey, actor (Chuck-Whirlybirds) [or Mar 23]
  • Feb 24 William Fairbank, physicist (superconductivity), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 25 Alex Gordon, architect

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 25 [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist/novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess
  • Feb 25 Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
  • Feb 26 Robert Taft Jr, (Sen-R-Oh)
  • Feb 27 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), shot in Kennedy motorcade
  • Feb 28 Hans Deutgen, Sweden, world champion archer
  • Feb 28 John B Connally, (Gov/Sen-D/R-Tx), took a bullet with JFK
  • Mar 1 Dinah Shore, singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), born in Winchester, Tennessee
  • Mar 1 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 2 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (I Love Lucy), born in Santiago de Cuba (d. 1986)

Actor Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
  • Mar 2 Jim Konstanty, baseball player (NL MVP 1950)
  • Mar 2 John Gardner, composer
  • Mar 2 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Mar 3 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • Mar 3 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • Mar 4 Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • Mar 6 J A Mommersteeg, Dutch asst sect of Defense (KVP)
  • Mar 6 Roy Scott, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1947, 18, 1-74)
  • Mar 6 Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • Mar 6 Frankie Howerd, English comedian (d. 1992)
  • Mar 7 Davis Roberts, actor (Mr Johnson-Boone), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Mar 7 Janet Collins, ballerina
  • Mar 7 Robert Erickson, composer
  • Mar 8 A Marja, [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
  • Mar 9 Dante B Fascell, (Rep-D-FL, 1955- )
  • Mar 10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • Mar 11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Googie Withers, Karachi India, actress (1 of Our Aircraft is Missing)
  • Mar 12 Tom Normanton, British MP
  • Mar 13 Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 13 Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author
  • Mar 13 Tessie O'Shea, England, actress (Entertainers)
  • Mar 14 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet
  • Mar 16 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist
  • Mar 17 Brian Boydell, composer
  • Mar 19 Dino Lipatti, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 29 Sculptor Auguste Rodin (76) weds Rose Beuret

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

HeartWedding of Interest

May 24 Writer Walter Lippmann (27) weds Faye Albertson

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • Oct 21 Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (52) weds Georgie Hyde-Lees (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Famous pilot Jimmy Doolittle (21) weds high school sweetheart Josephine E. Daniels

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Edward B Tylor, English anthropologist, dies at 84
  • Jan 6 Hendrik P G Quack, lawyer/economist (Bank of Neth), dies at 82
  • Jan 10 William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American Wild West hunter and showman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), dies at 70
  • Jan 16 George Dewey, U.S. admiral (b. 1837)
  • Jan 17 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Edwin Tyler, cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England 1896), dies
  • Jan 29 Evelyn Baring earl Cromer, English consul-general in Egypt, dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • Feb 5 Jaber II Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1860)
  • Feb 6 Edouard A Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • Feb 9 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • Feb 10 Emile Pessard, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 10 John William Waterhouse, Italian-born artist (b. 1849)
  • Feb 11 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist/composer, dies at 48
  • Feb 15 Charles A van Ophuysen, Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
  • Feb 16 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (b. 1848)
  • Feb 17 Edmund Bishop, English secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Charles E Barber, US chief engraver (1879-1917), dies
  • Mar 6 Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 8 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Dutch count/air pioneer, dies at 78

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • Mar 18 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • Mar 25 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (b. 1832)
  • Mar 29 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 1 Scott Joplin, ragtime composer (The Entertainer), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • Apr 7 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer, dies at 53
  • Apr 9 Edward Thomas, poet, killed in WW I
  • Apr 9 James Hope Moulton, British scholar of Classical Greek (b. 1863)
  • Apr 14 Lew [Lejzer L] Zamenhof, Polish doc/linguist (Esperanto), dies at 57
  • Apr 18 Moritz F Freiherr von Bissing, gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17), dies at 73
  • Apr 18 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • Apr 24 Oskar Blumenthal, writer, dies
  • May 1 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • May 3 Norman Callaway, NSW bat, cricketer (207 in only FC innings), dies
  • May 11 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer, dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 17 Charles Brooke, 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), dies at 87

2nd White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Brooke
2nd White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Brooke
  • May 20 Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
  • May 20 Valentine Fleming, Scottish politician (b. 1887)
  • May 25 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer, dies at 72
  • May 25 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)
  • Jun 6 Iacob Moresianu, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 12 Maria Teresa Carreno, composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 15 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)
  • Jun 15 Lillian Bassman, Russian emigrant to America, photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), (d. 2012)
  • Jun 20 James Mason Crafts, US chemist, dies at 78
  • Jun 27 Gustav von Schmolle, German economist (Historical School), dies at 79
  • Jul 2 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, English actor/director (Hamlet), dies
  • Jul 4 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskreet), dies at 84
  • Jul 8 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • Jul 12 Fournier, Swiss/French postage stamp merchant/forger, dies
  • Jul 14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 16 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, Ger composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • Jul 21 Christopher J Forster, British RAF-pilot/capt, dies in battle
  • Jul 27 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1841)
  • Jul 31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • Jul 31 Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • Jul 31 Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 1 Frank Little, American labor organizer (lynched) (b. 1879)
  • Aug 7 Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)
  • Aug 15 Thomas J. Higgins, decorated Union Army soldier (b. 1831)
  • Aug 20 JFW Adolf Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel 1905), dies
  • Aug 30 Uritsky, leader of Petrogradse Czech, dies
  • Sep 5 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (b. 1872)
  • Sep 8 Charles Edouard Lefebvre, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, dies at 22
  • Sep 12 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • Sep 20 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • Sep 23 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
  • Sep 25 Thomas Ashe, Irish revolutionary (b. 1885)
  • Sep 27 Edgar H G Degas, French impressionist artist (ballerina), dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Hussain Kamil, sultan of Egypt (1914-17), dies at 63
  • Oct 11 Harry Trott, cricketer (Aust capt played 24 Tests 1888-1898), dies
  • Oct 13 Florence La Badie, American actress


Oct 15 Mata Hari, Dutch dancer/German spy, executed by firing squad in Paris

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • Oct 17 Maria J "Marie" Bakker, actress/wife of Maarten Stranger, dies at 59
  • Oct 22 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (b. 1863)
  • Oct 27 Arthur Rhys Davids, English pilot (b. 1897)
  • Oct 28 Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (b. 1831)
  • Oct 31 Tibby Cotter, cricketer (at Beersheba 49 wickets for Australia), dies
  • Nov 3 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist (b. 1846)
  • Nov 8 Colyn Blythe, cricketer (2509 F-C wickets), dies during WW I
  • Nov 11 Liliuokalani, last queen of Hawaii (1891-93), dies from a stroke at 79
  • Nov 13 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Le suicide), dies
  • Nov 14 William Smith, British deserter in France, executed at 20

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 17 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Baiser, Thinker), dies at 77

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin
  • Nov 18 Henry Spiekman, social-democratic politician, dies at 43
  • Nov 19 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • Nov 22 Teoberto Maler, German-born explorer (b. 1842)
  • Dec 7 Ludwig Minkus, Austrian ballet composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Russian writer (b. 1836)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 10 Sir Mackenzie Bowell, fifth Prime Minister of Canada, dies of pneumonia at 93

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • Dec 17 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1st qualified woman physician in Britain, first woman mayor (Aldeburgh), dies at 81
  • Dec 17 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • Dec 20 Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882)
  • Dec 22 Francesca Saveria Cabrini, US saint/patron of immigrant, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Louise J Gautier, French poetess/daughter of Theophile G, dies at 71
  • Dec 28 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)