What Happened in January 1917

Historical Events


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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.

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Jan 10 The Allied Governments respond to US President Woodrow Wilson's December 1916 note, giving their terms for ending the war

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

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Jan 10 Suffragettes the "Silent Sentinels" 1st protest outside The White House,in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • Jan 11 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart" premieres in New York
  • 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: 73 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

Famous Birthdays

  • 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 A. Walters, American diplomat and US permanent rep to the UN (1989-91), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 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

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Jan 5 Jane Wyman, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2007)

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman
  • 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, American 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

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Jan 24 Ernest Borgnine, actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale's Navy, Marty), (d. 2012), born in Hamden, Connecticut (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)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 29 Sculptor Auguste Rodin (76) weds Rose Beuret

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin

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

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Jan 16 George Dewey, U.S. Admiral of the Navy, won Battle of Manila Bay, dies at 79

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 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