What Happened in 1917

Significant Events

  • 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 15 Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him [OS Mar 2]
  • Apr 2 US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
  • Apr 16 [OS Apr 4] Lenin issues his radical "April Theses" calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution
  • Jun 26 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I
  • Jul 9 British battleship Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804
  • Jul 27 The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele (WWI)
  • Jul 28 Silent Parade organised by James Weldon Johnson of 10,000 African-American march on 5th Ave (NYC) protesting against lynching
  • Oct 6 Battle of Passchendaele: Canadian troops capture the village of Passchendaele in the Third Battle of Ypres, after 250,000 casualties on both sides
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1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

On February 26, 1917


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