What Happened in 1917 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 276 of 276

  • Oct 13 Soviets accept establishment of Petrograd Military
  • Oct 13 7th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 62-0 in Annapolis
  • Oct 15 Chicago White Sox beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 14th World Series


Oct 15 Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • Oct 17 1st British bombing of Germany
  • Oct 19 Love Field in Dallas, Texas, is opened
  • Oct 21 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WW I: US troops enter front lines at Sommervillier under French command
  • Oct 21 Petrograds garrison accepts Revolutionary Military Committee
  • Oct 23 1st Infantry division "Big Red One" shoots 1st US shot in WW I

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Oct 23 Lenin speaks against Kamenev, Kollontai, Stalin & Trotsky

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Oct 24 Battle at Caporetto: German & Austria smash Italian army
  • Oct 25 Pan-Russian Congress opens in Petrograd
  • Oct 26 Petrograd Soviet accepts establishment of Military
  • Oct 26 World War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
  • Oct 27 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York, US

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Oct 30 British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Oct 31 Eugene O'Neill's "In the Zone" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 31 World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine - "last successful cavalry charge in history" performed by the 4th Australian Light Horse
  • Nov 1 In WW I, the 1st US soldiers are killed in combat
  • Nov 2 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
  • Nov 2 Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
  • Nov 3 1st class US mail now costs 3 cents per ounce
  • Nov 5 Gen Pershing & US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time
  • Nov 5 Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring backs & whites to live in separate areas
  • Nov 6 [OS Oct 24] Bolshevik revolution begins with bombardmentt of the Winter Palace in Petrograd during the Russian October Revolution
  • Nov 6 New York State adopts a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections
  • Nov 7 British capture Gaza, Palestine, from Turks
  • Nov 7 [OS Oct 25] October Revolution in Russia; Lenin and the Bolsheviks seize power, capture the Winter Palace and overthrow the Provisional Government
  • Nov 8 People's Commissars gives authority to Lenin, Trotsky & Stalin during October Revolution
  • Nov 8 Telephone Co runs 1st advertisement for Army operators, receives 7,000 applicants
  • Nov 10 41 suffragists are arrested in front of White House
  • Nov 10 Faure's 2nd Violo Sonate premieres
  • Nov 10 New bolshevik government under Lenin suspends freedom of press (temporary) during October Revolution
  • Nov 16 British occupy Tel Aviv and Jaffa
  • Nov 17 Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press
  • Nov 18 Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Nov 20 First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI
  • Nov 20 Ukrainian Republic declared

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Nov 21 Maxim Gorky calls Vladimir Lenin a blind fanatic/unthinking adventurer

Playwright & Author Maxim Gorky
Playwright & Author
Maxim Gorky
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Nov 24 Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.
  • Nov 26 NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands
  • Nov 26 The new government of Russia offers an armistice to Germany and Austria-Hungary
  • Nov 28 Sigmund Romberg's revue "Over the Top" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 29 A Supreme Allied War Council meets at Versailles to define war aims
  • Dec 1 Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha Neb
  • Dec 2 Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
  • Dec 3 After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic.
  • Dec 3 The Supreme Allied War Council, meeting at Versailles to define war aim, fails to reach an agreement
  • Dec 5 Austro-German Forces launch an offensive against the Italians on the western end of their line, around Asiago
  • Dec 6 French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700
  • Dec 6 Taking advantage of the temporary relaxation of authority in Russia, Finland declares itself a republic, following the Ukraine on 20 November
  • Dec 7 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I

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Dec 7 The USA's 42nd 'Rainbow' Division arrives in France (with Colonel Douglass MacArthur among its ranks)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Dec 9 British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem
  • Dec 11 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
  • Dec 11 German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia
  • Dec 12 French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543
  • Dec 12 Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 14 UFA, Universal Film AG, forms in Germany
  • Dec 15 Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
  • Dec 15 World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
  • Dec 18 Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent
  • Dec 18 The 18th Amendment, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification
  • Dec 19 1st NHL game played on artificial ice (Toronto)
  • Dec 19 Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game
  • Dec 20 Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin
  • Dec 20 A second nationwide referendum on military conscription is rejected by the Australian public
  • Dec 22 Flanders declares its independence, under Pieter Tack
  • Dec 23 3 British warships come close to Holland
  • Dec 25 "Why Marry" 1st drama to win Pulitzer Prize, premieres in NYC
  • Dec 25 Hirsch/Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
  • Dec 26 US Federal government took over operation of American railroads for duration of WW I
  • Dec 30 -32°F (-36°C) in Mountain City, Tennessee (state record)
  • Dec 30 -37°F (-38°C) in Lewisburg, WV (state record)
  • Dec 31 Dutch Social-democratic trade union NVV counts 159,450 members

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 495

  • May 21 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • May 21 Heather Swift, local councillor
  • May 21 Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • May 21 Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)
  • May 21 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman
  • May 22 Jean-Louis Laffitte Curtis, novelist
  • May 22 Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • May 22 Nathan Davis, American actor
  • May 22 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • May 23 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)
  • May 24 Derek Hodgson, British high court judge
  • May 24 Lord Campbell of Alloway, QC
  • May 24 Theodore Hesburgh, president (Notre Dame), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 25 Dorothy Sarnoff, US, actress(?)
  • May 25 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist
  • May 25 Steve Cochran, Eureka CA, actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas)
  • May 26 Eva Szorenyi, Hungarian actress, freedom activist for Hungary
  • May 28 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • May 28 Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 28 Gerald Cash, Gov-Gen (Bahamas)
  • May 28 Marshall Reed, Englewood California, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup)

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May 29 John F. Kennedy, 35th US President (1961-1963) and Senator (D-Mass), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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)
  • 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 8 Faye Emerson, Elizabeth La, actress (I've Got a Secret)
  • 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, Oak Park Ill, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life)
  • 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 Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
  • 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 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, St Moritz Switz, actor (Fear, Unfaithfully Yours)
  • Jul 24 John Hillaby, writer/traveller
  • Jul 24 Robert Farnon, composer/conductor/arranger
  • Jul 24 Simon Slattvik, Norway, 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)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

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