What Happened in April 1917

Historical Events

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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

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 1 Leon Janney, Ogden Ut, actor (Hawk)
  • Apr 2 Dabbs Greer, Fairview Mo, actor (Gunsmoke, Little House on Prairie)
  • Apr 2 Lou Monte, NJ, singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 3 Tibor Andrasovan, composer
  • Apr 4 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
  • Apr 5 Richard Yardumian, composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Robert [Albert] Bloch, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)
  • Apr 6 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • Apr 6 Shakey, [Walter Horton], Miss, harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin')
  • Apr 6 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • Apr 7 R G Armstrong, actor (T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9 Johannes Bobrowski, writer
  • Apr 9 Vincent O'Brien, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 9 Brad Dexter, American actor (d. 2002)
  • Apr 10 Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965)
  • Apr 11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • Apr 11 David Westheimer, American novelist (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 M Marie Widlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 12 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time)
  • Apr 12 Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)
  • Apr 13 Howard Keel, Ill, actor/singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate)
  • Apr 14 Valerie Hobson, North Ireland, actress (Great Expectations)
  • Apr 14 Marvin Miller, American labor activist, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Hans Conried, Balt Md, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy)
  • Apr 15 Pietro Grossi, composer
  • Apr 16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 17 Bill Clements, American politician
  • Apr 18 Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • Apr 18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • Apr 19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician/producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom)
  • Apr 21 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • Apr 22 Leo Abse, biographer/MP
  • Apr 22 Sidney Nolan, Australia, painter/illustrator (Ned Kelly)
  • Apr 23 Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
  • Apr 23 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (d. 2008)

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Apr 25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Apr 26 I[eoh] M[ing] Pei, Canton, China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
  • Apr 26 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • Apr 28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • Apr 28 Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • Apr 28 Robert Cornthwaite, St Helen Oregon, actor (Thing, War of the Worlds)
  • Apr 29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), Kiev Ukraine, American filmmaker
  • Apr 30 Bea Wain, US singer/radio host (Lucky Strike Hit Parade)

Famous Deaths

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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