What Happened in 1917 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 276

  • May 18 Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
  • May 18 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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May 18 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
  • May 20 Turkish government authorizes Jews to return to Tel Aviv & Jaffa
  • May 21 Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
  • May 21 The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality
  • May 23 Dutch 2nd Chamber approves 1908 conscription draft
  • May 26 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
  • May 27 Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
  • May 30 Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Original Dixieland Jass Band first recorded
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Jul 17 Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor
  • 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 The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele (WWI)

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Jul 28 Silent Parade organised by James Weldon Johnson of 10,000 African-American march on 5th Ave (NYC) protesting 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
  • Aug 1 Frank Little, IWW organizer, lynched in Butte, MT
  • Aug 4 Pravda calls for the killing of all capitalists, priests & officers
  • Aug 5 British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe, Belgium
  • Aug 5 The entire US National Guard is taken into national service, subject to presidential rather than state control
  • Aug 6 World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins.
  • Aug 9 Canadian Parliament passes the Compulsory Military Act which is oppossed by many French-Canadians from Québec
  • Aug 13 Phillies steal 5 bases in an inning against Braves
  • Aug 13 A revolt in Catalonia, the province in northeast Spain that has long seen itself as independent.
  • Aug 14 China declares war on Germany & Austria
  • Aug 14 Leeuwen soccer team forms
  • Aug 17 Italy declares war on Turkey
  • Aug 18 Dutch Naval Air Force forms (MLD)
  • Aug 18 A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
  • Aug 19 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws
  • Aug 22 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers
  • Aug 23 Race riot in Houston Texas (2 blacks & 11 whites killed)
  • Aug 25 37th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Lindley Murray beats Nathaniel W. Niles (5-7, 8-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Aug 27 Indians set club record by stealing eight bases in a game
  • Aug 28 Ten suffragists arrested as they picket the White House
  • Aug 31 In China, Sun Yat-sen and his supporters' 'rump' parliament establishes a military government and elects Sun Yat-sen as commander-in-Chief
  • Sep 2 Deutsche Vaterlands Partei formed by admiral Tirpitz
  • Sep 3 1st night bombing of London by German aircraft
  • Sep 3 German troops overrun Riga, Latvia
  • Sep 3 Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches complete wins in a doubleheader
  • Sep 3 Utrecht soccer team Holland forms
  • Sep 6 French pilot Georges Guynemer shoots down 54th German aircraft
  • Sep 15 Russia proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky's Provisional government
  • Sep 20 British assault on Polygon Forest, France
  • Sep 20 Paraguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • Sep 26 British assault on Menin-street, France
  • Sep 27 Broadhurst Theater opens at 235 W 44th St NYC
  • Sep 27 EHC soccer team forms in Hoensbroek Neth
  • Oct 4 British assault on Broodseinde, France
  • Oct 6 Battle of Passchendaele: Canadian troops capture the village of Passchendaele in the Third Battle of Ypres, after 250,000 casualties on both sides

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Oct 8 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Oct 10 Giants' Rube Benton is 1st lefty to pitch a World Series no hitter
  • Oct 10 Plymouth Theater opens at 236 W 45th St NYC
  • Oct 12 The First Battle of Passchendaele, now Passendale

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 495

  • Mar 19 Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 20 Dolf Verspoor, literary/interpreter (M Nijhoff Prize 1958)
  • Mar 20 Peter Caddy, founder (Findhorn Community)
  • Mar 20 Vera Lynn, singer (Anniversary Waltz)
  • Mar 21 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • Mar 22 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Virginia Grey, LA, actress (Another Thin Man, Idiot's Delight, Idaho)
  • Mar 23 H C Allen, American historian
  • Mar 23 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23 Kenneth Tobey, actor (The Thing, Strange Invaders) [or Feb 23]
  • Mar 23 Patricia Burke, Milan Italy, actress (Forbidden)
  • Mar 24 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • Mar 24 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26 Jean Graham Hall, circuit court judge (England)
  • Mar 26 Rufus Thomas, Miss, singer (Walking the Dog)
  • Mar 27 Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2002)
  • Mar 27 Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
  • Mar 29 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds)
  • Mar 29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • Mar 30 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • Mar 30 Herbert Anderson, actor (Henry-Dennis The Menace)
  • Mar 30 Rudolf Bruci, composer
  • Apr 1 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 1 Leon Janney, Ogden Ut, actor (Hawk)
  • Apr 2 Dabbs Greer, Fairview Mo, actor (Gunsmoke, Little House on Prairie)
  • Apr 2 Lou Monte, NJ, singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 3 Tibor Andrasovan, composer
  • Apr 4 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)
  • Apr 5 Richard Yardumian, composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Robert [Albert] Bloch, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)
  • Apr 6 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • Apr 6 Shakey, [Walter Horton], Miss, harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin')
  • Apr 6 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • Apr 7 R G Armstrong, actor (T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9 Johannes Bobrowski, writer
  • Apr 9 Vincent O'Brien, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 9 Brad Dexter, American actor (d. 2002)
  • Apr 10 Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965)
  • Apr 11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • Apr 11 David Westheimer, American novelist (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 M Marie Widlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 12 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time)
  • Apr 12 Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)
  • Apr 13 Howard Keel, Ill, actor/singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate)
  • Apr 14 Valerie Hobson, North Ireland, actress (Great Expectations)
  • Apr 14 Marvin Miller, American labor activist, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Hans Conried, Balt Md, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy)
  • Apr 15 Pietro Grossi, composer
  • Apr 16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 17 Bill Clements, American politician
  • Apr 18 Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • Apr 18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • Apr 19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician/producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom)
  • Apr 21 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • Apr 22 Leo Abse, biographer/MP
  • Apr 22 Sidney Nolan, Australia, painter/illustrator (Ned Kelly)
  • Apr 23 Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
  • Apr 23 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (d. 2008)

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Apr 25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Apr 26 I[eoh] M[ing] Pei, Canton, China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
  • Apr 26 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • Apr 28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • Apr 28 Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • Apr 28 Robert Cornthwaite, St Helen Oregon, actor (Thing, War of the Worlds)
  • Apr 29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), Kiev Ukraine, American filmmaker
  • Apr 30 Bea Wain, US singer/radio host (Lucky Strike Hit Parade)
  • May 1 Danielle Darrieux, France, actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • May 1 John Beradino, actor (Steve Hardy-General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Louis G "Lo" van Hensbergen, actor/author (Amsterdam Affair)
  • May 1 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • May 2 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • May 3 James Penberthy, composer
  • May 3 Betty Comden, American lyricist, (d. 2006)
  • May 3 Kiro Gligorov, Macedonia, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999 (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Edward Toner Cone, composer
  • May 5 Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
  • May 6 Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • May 7 David Tomlinson, Scotland, actor (Mary Poppins, Helter Skelter)
  • May 7 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert
  • May 9 George Fleming, cyclist
  • May 9 John Arnatt, actor (Circumstantial Evidence)
  • May 11 Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • May 12 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • May 13 Paul Osmond, British senior civil servant
  • May 13 Wilhelmus C Wijen, [Broeder Pius], social worker (Curacao)
  • May 14 Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • May 14 Lou Harrison, Portland, Oregon, American composer (Rapunzel)
  • May 15 Hugh Edward Lance Falkus, filmmaker/naturalist
  • May 16 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Police Academy), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)
  • May 16 Geraint Jones, conductor/organist
  • May 18 Charles Wintour, journalist
  • May 18 James Donald, Aberdeen Scotland, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings)
  • May 20 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • May 20 Richard Charles Cobb, historian
  • May 20 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • May 21 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)

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