What Happened on January 16, 1917

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • "Zimmermann Telegram" is sent from Germany to Mexico, stating in the event of the US entering World War I on the allied side, Mexico would be given Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Intercepted by British intelligence and partially deciphered by the next day. It's release in March shifts US public opinion in favor of war against Germany.
  • The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece

Famous Birthdays

  • Buddy Lester, actor (Nick-Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)

Famous Deaths


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

Admiral George Dewey
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George Dewey