What Happened in July 1917

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 257cm-mirror for Mount Wilson Observatory mounted
  • Jul 1 Race riots in East St Louis Illinois (40 to 200 reported killed)
  • Jul 1 Reds' Fred Toney pitches completes doubleheader victories over Pirates
  • Jul 1 Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday game in Brooklyn
  • Jul 2 Riots in East St Louis Mo
  • Jul 3 Spontaneous demonstration at Tauride Palace, Petrograd

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Jul 6 T. E. Lawrence captures port of Aqaba from Turks

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence

CommunicationHMS Vanguard Disaster

Jul 9 British battleship HMS Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804

  • Jul 10 Emma Goldman imprisoned for obstructing draft
  • Jul 12 The Bisbee Deportation occurs as vigilantes kidnap and deport nearly 1,300 striking miners and others from Bisbee, Arizona.
  • Jul 13 Vision of Virgin Mary appeared to children of Fatima, Portugal

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Jul 17 Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • Jul 20 Pact of Corfu signed: Serbs, Croats & Slovenes form Yugoslavia
  • Jul 20 WW I draft lottery held; #258 is 1st drawn
  • Jul 21 Russian Revolution: Socialist Alexander Kerensky becomes Russian Prime Minister
  • Jul 22 British bomb German lines at Ypres, 4,250,000 grenades
  • Jul 23 Cleveland Metropolitan Park District establishes
  • Jul 25 Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).

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Jul 26 J. Edgar Hoover gets job in US Department of Justice

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Jul 27 World War I: Allied troops reach the Yser Canal in the prelude to the Battle of Passchendaele

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Jul 28 Silent Parade organised by James Weldon Johnson of 10,000 African-Americans who march on 5th Ave in NYC to protest against lynching

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • Jul 30 Board of Commissioners of Cleveland Metroparks has its 1st meeting
  • Jul 31 3rd battle of Ypres begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Pierre Dubois, Dutch literary
  • Jul 3 Helene Cordet, entertainer/nightclub owner
  • Jul 3 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager (d. 1990)
  • Jul 4 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1947)
  • Jul 5 Glenn Reeves, Massillon OH, actor (Defending Your Life)
  • Jul 6 Hugo Cole, composer and music critic, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jul 6 Hugo Yarnold, cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire)
  • Jul 6 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7 Elton Britt, Marshall Ark, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree)
  • Jul 7 Lawrence F O'Brien, (Watergate conspirators broke into his office)
  • Jul 7 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, Salvadoran politician (d. 2003)
  • Jul 7 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1980)
  • Jul 8 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), born in Elizabeth, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • Jul 8 Glenn Langan, actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 8 Pamela Brown, actress (Cleopatra, Beckett), born in London, England
  • Jul 9 Ted Steele, orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jul 10 Don Herbert, Waconia Minn, scientist/TV host (Watch Mr Wizard)
  • Jul 10 Reg Smyth, English cartoonist (Andy Capp)
  • Jul 10 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • Jul 12 Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford Pa, painter (Christina's World)
  • Jul 14 Arthur Leavins, violinist
  • Jul 14 Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
  • Jul 15 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Jul 16 William Bishop, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jul 17 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player/manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)

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Jul 17 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Jul 17 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), born in Alaşehir, Manisa Province (d. 2015)
  • Jul 18 Henri Salvador, French singer (d. 2008)
  • Jul 19 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 19 William W Scranton, (Gov-R-Pa), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 22 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, born in Bridgeton, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Jul 23 Charles Kerruish, president (Tyndwald Isle of Man)
  • Jul 23 John Stokes, British MP (C), born in Sandy, Bedfordshire (d. 2003)
  • Jul 23 Kurt Kreuger, Swiss-German actor (Fear, Unfaithfully Yours), born in Michenberg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Jul 24 John Hillaby, English writer and traveller
  • Jul 24 Robert Farnon, composer/conductor/arranger
  • Jul 24 Simon Slattvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jul 24 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 25 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jul 26 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Jul 26 Richard Desborough Burnell, England, double sculls (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Jul 27 John Cunningham, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • Jul 27 Moses Rascoe, blues Singer
  • Jul 27 Robert Cowans, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • Jul 27 Bourvil, French actor (d. 1970)
  • Jul 30 Eddy Grove, American actor, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, British actor and theatre manager (King John, Trilby), dies at 64
  • Jul 4 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskreet), dies at 84
  • Jul 8 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • Jul 12 Fournier, Swiss/French postage stamp merchant/forger, dies
  • Jul 14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 16 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, Ger composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • Jul 21 Christopher J Forster, British RAF-pilot/capt, dies in battle
  • Jul 27 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), dies at 75
  • Jul 31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • Jul 31 Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • Jul 31 Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)