What Happened in 1917 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 277 of 277

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

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Oct 15th World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • Oct 15th A Parisian dancer Mata Hari is executed for espionage by the French Government after being convicted of passing military secrets to Germany
  • Oct 17th 1st British bombing of Germany
  • Oct 19th Love Field in Dallas, Texas, is opened.
  • Oct 21st 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WW I: US troops enter front lines at Sommervillier under French command
  • Oct 21st Petrograds garrison accepts Revolutionary Military Committee
  • Oct 23rd 1st Infantry division "Big Red One" shoots 1st US shot in WW I

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

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Oct 24th Battle at Caporetto: German & Austria smash Italian army
  • Oct 25th Pan-Russian Congress opens in Petrograd
  • Oct 26th Petrograd Soviet accepts establishment of Military
  • Oct 26th World War I:Brazil declared in state of war with Central Powers.
  • Oct 27th 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York, US
  • Oct 30th British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration
  • Oct 31st Eugene O'Neill's "In the Zone" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 31st World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine- "last successful cavalry charge in history"
  • Nov 1st In WW I, the 1st US soldiers are killed in combat
  • Nov 2nd Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
  • Nov 2nd Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
  • Nov 3rd 1st class US mail now costs 3 cents per ounce
  • Nov 5th Gen Pershing & US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time
  • Nov 5th Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring backs & whites to live in separate areas
  • Nov 6th [OS Oct 24] Bolshevik revolution begins with bombardmentt of the Winter Palace in Petrograd during the Russian October Revolution
  • Nov 6th New York State adopts a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections
  • Nov 7th British capture Gaza, Palestine, from Turks
  • Nov 7th October Revolution (Oct 25 OS) in Russia, Lenin and the Bolsheviks seize power, capture the Winter Palace, overthrowing Provisional Government
  • Nov 8th People's Commissars gives authority to Lenin, Trotsky & Stalin during October Revolution
  • Nov 8th Telephone Co runs 1st ad for Army operators, gets 7,000 applicants
  • Nov 10th 41 suffragists are arrested in front of White House
  • Nov 10th Faure's 2nd Violo Sonate premieres
  • Nov 10th New bolshevik government under Lenin suspends freedom of press (temporary) during October Revolution
  • Nov 16th British occupy Tel Aviv and Jaffa
  • Nov 17th Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press
  • Nov 18th Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Nov 20th First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI
  • Nov 20th Ukrainian Republic declared

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

Playwright & Author Maxim Gorky
Playwright & Author
Maxim Gorky
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Nov 22nd NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands
  • Nov 24th Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.
  • Nov 26th The new government of Russia offers an armistice to Germany and Austria-Hungary
  • Nov 28th Sigmund Romberg's revue "Over the Top" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 29th A Supreme Allied War Council meets at Versailles to define war aims
  • Dec 1st Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha Neb
  • Dec 2nd Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
  • Dec 3rd The Supreme Allied War Council, meeting at Versailles to define war aim, fails to reach an agreement
  • Dec 3rd After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic.
  • Dec 5th Austro-German Forces launch an offensive against the Italians on the western end of their line, around Asiago
  • Dec 6th French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700
  • Dec 6th Taking advantage of the temporary relaxation of authority in Russia, Finland declares itself a republic, following the Ukraine on 20 November
  • Dec 7th US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I

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

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Dec 9th British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem
  • Dec 11th 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
  • Dec 11th German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia
  • Dec 12th French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543
  • Dec 12th Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 14th UFA, Universal Film AG, forms in Germany
  • Dec 15th Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
  • Dec 15th World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.
  • Dec 18th Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent
  • Dec 18th The 18th Amendment, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification
  • Dec 19th 1st NHL game played on artificial ice (Toronto)
  • Dec 19th Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game
  • Dec 20th Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin
  • Dec 20th A second nationwide referendum on military conscription is rejected by the Australian public
  • Dec 22nd Flanders declares its independence, under Pieter Tack
  • Dec 23rd 3 British warships come close to Holland
  • Dec 25th "Why Marry" 1st drama to win Pulitzer Prize, premieres in NYC
  • Dec 25th Hirsch/Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26th 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
  • Dec 26th US Federal government took over operation of American railroads for duration of WW I
  • Dec 30th -32°F (-36°C) in Mountain City, Tennessee (state record)
  • Dec 30th -37°F (-38°C) in Lewisburg, WV (state record)
  • Dec 31st Dutch Social-democratic trade union NVV counts 159,450 members

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 500

  • May 20th Richard Charles Cobb, historian
  • May 20th Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • May 20th Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • May 21st Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • May 21st Heather Swift, local councillor
  • May 21st Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • May 21st Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)
  • May 21st Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman
  • May 22nd Jean-Louis Laffitte Curtis, novelist
  • May 22nd Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • May 22nd Nathan Davis, American actor
  • May 22nd Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • May 23rd Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)
  • May 24th Derek Hodgson, British high court judge
  • May 24th Lord Campbell of Alloway, QC
  • May 24th Theodore Hesburgh, Syracuse NY, president (Notre Dame)
  • May 25th Dorothy Sarnoff, US, actress(?)
  • May 25th Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist
  • May 25th Steve Cochran, Eureka CA, actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas)
  • May 26th Eva Szorenyi, Hungarian actress, freedom activist for Hungary
  • May 28th Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • May 28th Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 28th Gerald Cash, Gov-Gen (Bahamas)
  • May 28th Marshall Reed, Englewood California, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup)

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May 29th John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Mass, (Sen-D-Mass), 35th Pres (1961-1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jun 1st William S. Knowles, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2nd Max Showalter, Caldwell Ks, actor/composer (Stockard Channing Show)
  • Jun 2nd Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • Jun 4th Allen Greenwood, deputy CEO (British Aerospace)
  • Jun 4th Charles Collingwood, Mich, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles)
  • Jun 4th Howard Metzenbaum, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1974- )
  • Jun 4th Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 5th Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter
  • Jun 6th Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 6th Prior Jones, cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52)
  • Jun 7th Gwendolyn Brooks, US poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950)
  • Jun 7th Dean Martin, Steubenville Ohio, American singer/actor (with Jerry Lewis)
  • Jun 8th Byron R Whizzer White, Ft Collins, NFLer/Supreme Court Just (1962-93)
  • Jun 9th Eric J. Hobsbawm, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt, Marxist historian (The Age of Revolution; Capital; and Empire), (d. 2012)
  • Jun 10th William Barr, rector (Exeter College, Oxford)
  • Jun 11th James Bostock, painter/engraver
  • Jun 11th Joseph B. Wirthlin, LDS apostle
  • Jun 12th Priscilla Lane, US, actress (Arsenic & Old Lace)
  • Jun 14th Al "Lash" LaRue, Gretna La, actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp)
  • Jun 14th Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician
  • Jun 15th Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Black Lash, Lash of the West)
  • Jun 15th Michalis Genitsaris, Greek singer and composer (d. 2005)
  • Jun 16th Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 16th Aurelio Lampredi, Italian mechanical engineer (Ferrari; d. 1989)
  • Jun 16th Irving Penn, American photographer
  • Jun 17th Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
  • Jun 18th Akhmet Jevdet Ismail Hajiyev, composer
  • Jun 18th Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 18th Arthur Tremblay, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
  • Jun 19th Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwan minister (ZAPUA)
  • Jun 20th Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (d. 2006)
  • Jun 23rd Sid Watters Jr, horse trainer
  • Jun 26th William Hamilton, British MP
  • Jun 27th K M Rangnekar, cricketer (batted in 3 Tests India v Australia 1947-48)
  • Jun 27th Ronald George Hayward, political manager
  • Jun 28th Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer/actor (My Fair Lady)
  • Jun 28th Katherine Rawls, American swimming champion (d. 1982)
  • Jun 30th Lena Horne, American actress/singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 30th Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician
  • Jun 30th Susan Hayward, Flatbush Bkln, actress (I Want to Live, Tulsa)
  • Jul 2nd Pierre Dubois, Dutch literary
  • Jul 3rd Helene Cordet, entertainer/nightclub owner
  • Jul 3rd João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager (d. 1990)
  • Jul 4th Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (d. 1947)
  • Jul 5th Glenn Reeves, Massillon OH, actor (Defending Your Life)
  • Jul 6th Hugo Cole, composer
  • Jul 6th Hugo Yarnold, cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire)
  • Jul 6th Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • Jul 7th Elton Britt, Marshall Ark, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree)
  • Jul 7th Lawrence F O'Brien, (Watergate conspirators broke into his office)
  • Jul 7th Fidel Sánchez Hernández, Salvadoran politician (d. 2003)
  • Jul 8th Faye Emerson, Elizabeth La, actress (I've Got a Secret)
  • Jul 8th Glenn Langan, actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 8th Pamela Brown, actress (Cleopatra, Beckett), born in London, England
  • Jul 9th Ted Steele, Hartford Ct, orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars)
  • Jul 10th Don Herbert, Waconia Minn, scientist/TV host (Watch Mr Wizard)
  • Jul 10th Reg Smyth, English cartoonist (Andy Capp)
  • Jul 10th Hugh Alexander, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • Jul 12th Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford Pa, painter (Christina's World)
  • Jul 14th Arthur Leavins, violinist
  • Jul 14th Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
  • Jul 15th Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • Jul 16th William Bishop, Oak Park Ill, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life)
  • Jul 17th Lou Bourdeau, baseball player/manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)

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

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Jul 17th Red Sovine, American country music singer (d. 1980)
  • Jul 17th Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), born in Alaşehir, Manisa Province (d. 2015)
  • Jul 18th Henri Salvador, French singer (d. 2008)
  • Jul 19th Robert Aitken, Phila, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha)
  • Jul 19th William W Scranton, (Gov-R-Pa), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 23rd Charles Kerruish, president (Tyndwald Isle of Man)
  • Jul 23rd John Stokes, MP
  • Jul 23rd Kurt Kreuger, St Moritz Switz, actor (Fear, Unfaithfully Yours)
  • Jul 24th John Hillaby, writer/traveller
  • Jul 24th Robert Farnon, composer/conductor/arranger

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