What Happened in August 1917

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Frank Little, IWW organizer, lynched in Butte, MT
  • Aug 4 Pravda calls for the killing of all capitalists, priests & officers
  • Aug 5 British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe, Belgium
  • Aug 5 The entire US National Guard is taken into national service, subject to presidential rather than state control
  • Aug 6 World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins.
  • Aug 9 Canadian Parliament passes the Compulsory Military Act which is oppossed by many French-Canadians from Québec
  • Aug 13 Phillies steal 5 bases in an inning against Braves
  • Aug 13 A revolt in Catalonia, the province in northeast Spain that has long seen itself as independent.
  • Aug 14 China declares war on Germany & Austria
  • Aug 14 Leeuwen soccer team forms
  • Aug 17 Italy declares war on Turkey
  • Aug 18 Dutch Naval Air Force forms (MLD)
  • Aug 18 A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
  • Aug 19 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws
  • Aug 22 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers
  • Aug 23 Race riot in Houston Texas (2 blacks & 11 whites killed)
  • Aug 25 37th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Lindley Murray beats Nathaniel W. Niles (5-7, 8-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Aug 27 Indians set club record by stealing eight bases in a game
  • Aug 28 Ten suffragists arrested as they picket the White House
  • Aug 31 In China, Sun Yat-sen and his supporters' 'rump' parliament establishes a military government and elects Sun Yat-sen as commander-in-Chief

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics) (d. 2011)
  • Aug 3 Jordan Whitfield, PA, actor (Swamp Fox) (d. 1967)
  • Aug 6 Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War, North & South), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Aug 11 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible)
  • Aug 12 Douglas Gunsekera, banker
  • Aug 13 Sid Gordon, American baseball player (d. 1975)
  • Aug 15 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach (d. 1999)
  • Aug 15 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest (d. 1980)
  • Aug 16 Roque Cordero, Panama, composer (Sonata Breve)
  • Aug 17 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, born in Baghdad (d. 1995)
  • Aug 18 Casper Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense (1981-87)
  • Aug 22 John Lee Hooker, Clarksdale Mississippi, blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen)
  • Aug 23 Tex Williams, American singer (d. 1985)
  • Aug 24 Dennis James, wrestling announcer/TV host (PDQ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Aug 25 Don Defore, actor (George-Hazel, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Aug 25 Mel Ferrer, Elberon New Jersey, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor)
  • Aug 26 Jan Clayton, Tularosa NM, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie)
  • Aug 26 William French Smith, Attorney General (1981-85)
  • Aug 27 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player (d. 1986)

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Aug 28 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Capt America), born in New York City (d. 1994)

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • Aug 29 Isabel Sanford, actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 30 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), born in London, (d. 2015)

Famous Deaths

  • 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