What Happened on May 18, 1917

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Historical Events

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First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
  • US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment

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