What Happened in June 1917

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Hank Gowdy is 1st baseball player to enlist during WW I

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Jun 2 Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircrafts as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • Jun 4 1st Pulitzer prize awarded to Richards & Elliott (Julia Ward Howe)
  • Jun 4 American men begin registering for the draft

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Jun 4 Most Excellent Order of British Empire inaugurated by King George V to recognise the efforts of his people in WWI

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • Jun 5 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I
  • Jun 7 Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world
  • Jun 7 The British detonate mines beneath the German-held Messines Ridge, in the Ypres area
  • Jun 8 Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
  • Jun 10 60,000 people of Petrograd Russia welcome Prince Kropotkin (banned 41 years) returning after February Russian Revolution
  • Jun 10 Limburgse mine workers strike
  • Jun 11 King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicated under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
  • Jun 12 Secret Service extends protection of president to his family
  • Jun 13 World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.
  • Jun 14 1st German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East London
  • Jun 14 Gen Pershing & his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I
  • Jun 15 In order to calm troubled relations with Ireland, the British grant amnesty to the Prisoners taken during the Easter Rising of 1916
  • Jun 16 1st All Russian Congress of the Soviets convenes in Petrograd, Russia [OS Jun 3]
  • Jun 16 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8
  • Jun 19 The British Royal Family, which has had strong German ties since George I, renounces its German names and titles and adopts the name of Windsor
  • Jun 21 Hawaiian Red Cross forms
  • Jun 23 Ammunition factory in Boleweg Bohemia explodes, killing 1,000
  • Jun 23 Ernie Shore replaces Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth with a runner on, he throws him out & retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game
  • Jun 23 31st U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Marion Vanderhoef (4-6, 6-0, 6-2)
  • Jun 24 Russian Black Sea fleet mutinies at Sebastopol
  • Jun 26 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I
  • Jun 27 1st baseball player (Hank Gowdy) to enter WW I military service
  • Jun 27 Venizelos takes over as Prime Minister of Greece and severs relations with Central Powers, bringing Greece onside with the Allies in WWI
  • Jun 28 Potato entrepreneurs begins in Amsterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 William S. Knowles, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Max Showalter, Caldwell Ks, actor/composer (Stockard Channing Show)
  • Jun 2 Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • Jun 4 Allen Greenwood, deputy CEO (British Aerospace)
  • Jun 4 Charles Collingwood, Mich, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles)
  • Jun 4 Howard Metzenbaum, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1974- )
  • Jun 4 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 5 Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter
  • Jun 6 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 6 Prior Jones, cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52)
  • Jun 7 Gwendolyn Brooks, US poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950)
  • Jun 7 Dean Martin, Steubenville Ohio, American singer/actor (with Jerry Lewis)
  • Jun 8 Byron R Whizzer White, Ft Collins, NFLer/Supreme Court Just (1962-93)
  • Jun 9 Eric J. Hobsbawm, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt, Marxist historian (The Age of Revolution; Capital; and Empire), (d. 2012)
  • Jun 10 William Barr, rector (Exeter College, Oxford)
  • Jun 11 James Bostock, painter/engraver
  • Jun 11 Joseph B. Wirthlin, LDS apostle
  • Jun 12 Priscilla Lane, US, actress (Arsenic & Old Lace)
  • Jun 14 Al "Lash" LaRue, Gretna La, actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp)
  • Jun 14 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician
  • Jun 15 Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Black Lash, Lash of the West)
  • Jun 15 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek singer and composer (d. 2005)
  • Jun 16 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 16 Aurelio Lampredi, Italian mechanical engineer (Ferrari; d. 1989)
  • Jun 16 Irving Penn, American photographer
  • Jun 17 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
  • Jun 18 Akhmet Jevdet Ismail Hajiyev, composer
  • Jun 18 Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 18 Arthur Tremblay, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
  • Jun 19 Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwan minister (ZAPUA)
  • Jun 20 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (d. 2006)
  • Jun 23 Sid Watters Jr, horse trainer
  • Jun 26 William Hamilton, British MP
  • Jun 27 K M Rangnekar, cricketer (batted in 3 Tests India v Australia 1947-48)
  • Jun 27 Ronald George Hayward, political manager
  • Jun 28 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer/actor (My Fair Lady)
  • Jun 28 Katherine Rawls, American swimming champion (d. 1982)
  • Jun 30 Lena Horne, American actress/singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 30 Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician
  • Jun 30 Susan Hayward, Flatbush Bkln, actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 6 Iacob Moresianu, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 12 Maria Teresa Carreno, composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 15 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)
  • Jun 15 Lillian Bassman, Russian emigrant to America, photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), (d. 2012)
  • Jun 20 James Mason Crafts, US chemist, dies at 78
  • Jun 27 Gustav von Schmolle, German economist (Historical School), dies at 79