Historical Events for Year 1917

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Jan 1st - T. E. Lawrence joins the forces of the Arabian sheik Feisal al Husayn, beginning his adventures that will lead him to Damascus by October, 1918
Jan 2nd - Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank
Jan 8th - Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
Jan 9th - World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
Jan 10th - The Allied Governments respond to US President Wilson's December 1916 note, giving their terms for ending the war
Jan 11th - Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart," premieres in NYC
Jan 16th - The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece
Jan 17th - US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
Jan 19th - The Silvertown explosion: 300 die when a munitions factory in Essex explodes.
Jan 27th - Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)
Jan 28th - Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
Soldier and Writer T. E. LawrenceSoldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence Jan 29th - British submarine K13 sank in Gaire Loch, Scotland; 32 of her crew died
Jan 31st - Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship
Jan 31st - Mexican President Carranza announces a new constitution with many liberal elements; most of which his regime will not implement
Feb 1st - German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
Feb 3rd - US liner Housatonic is sunk by German submarine, on the same day that US President Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany
Feb 4th - Belgian Council of Flanders established
Feb 5th - Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
Feb 5th - Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)
Feb 5th - The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year
Feb 10th - Johanna Westerdijk installed as Nethrland's 1st female professor
US WW1 Commander John J. PershingUS WW1 Commander John J. Pershing Feb 15th - SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
Feb 16th - 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
Feb 17th - In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
Feb 20th - Ammunition ship explodes in Archangel harbour, about 1,500 die
Feb 20th - Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in NYC
Feb 21st - British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
Feb 21st - Train near Chirurcha, Romania, catches fire & explodes; hundreds die
Feb 22nd - German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
Feb 22nd - [NS Mar 7] Russian February Revolution begins with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
Feb 24th - German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
Feb 24th - Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
Feb 26th - 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company
Tsar Nicholas IITsar Nicholas II Feb 26th - [NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies
Feb 26th - 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
Feb 28th - AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I
Mar 1st - 1st federal land bank chartered in USA
Mar 1st - U.S. government releases the plaintext of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public.
Mar 2nd - Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
Mar 3rd - US Congress passes 1st excess profits tax on corporations
Mar 3rd - Mexico and the USA renew diplomatic relations
Mar 5th - US President Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated for a second term
Mar 7th - 1st jazz record record released on a 78 by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company ("Dixie Jazz Band One Step," one side "Livery Stable Blues" other)
28th US President Woodrow Wilson28th US President Woodrow Wilson Mar 7th - Russian February Revolution breaks out [OS=Feb 24] with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
Mar 10th - Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines's earliest encomiendas.
Mar 11th - 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
Mar 11th - British forces occupy Baghdad, the capital of Mesopotamia, after Turkish forces evacuated
Mar 12th - [OS Feb 27] Russian Duma sets up the Provisional Committee; Soviets form Executive Committee
Mar 12th - Stalin, Kamenev & Muranov arrives in Petrograd/St Petersburg
Mar 12th - A German submarine sinks an unamred US merchant ship, the 'Algonquin' on the same day that US President Wilson gives executive order to arm US merchant ships
Mar 15th - [OS Mar 2] Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him
Mar 16th - [OS Mar 3] Russian Grand Duke Michael, brother of Tsar Nicholas II declines the Russian throne
Mar 17th - 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis
Mar 17th - Delta Phi Epsilon is founded at New York University Law School.
Gangster Albert AnastasiaGangster Albert Anastasia Mar 17th - Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino
Mar 19th - US Supreme Court upheld 8-hr work day for railroad employees
Mar 20th - After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable
Mar 21st - Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy's 1st female Petty Officer
Mar 22nd - The USA is the first nation to recognize the new government of Russia
Mar 23rd - Tornadoes kills 211 over 4 days in Midwest US
Mar 25th - Canadian ace Billy Bishop claims his first victory, shooting down a Leutnant Theiller
Mar 26th - Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 - Seattle is 1st US team to win Stanley Cup
Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy BishopCanadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop Mar 26th - British win a battle against Turks at Gaza
Mar 28th - Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities
Mar 28th - Puccini's "La Rondine" premieres in Monte Carlo
Mar 31st - US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands
Apr 2nd - Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps
Apr 2nd - US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
Apr 3rd - Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland [NS=April 16]
Apr 4th - US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I
Apr 6th - US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
Apr 7th - De Falla's ballet "El Sombrero de tres Picos" premieres in Madrid
Apr 7th - James Barries' "Old Lady Shows Her" premieres in London
Apr 9th - Battle of Arras begins
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir LeninMarxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin Apr 9th - Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops
Apr 10th - Munition factory explosion at Eddystone PA, kills 133 workers
Apr 11th - Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox
Apr 12th - Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St NYC (Demolished 1982)
Apr 12th - Domenico Scarlatti & Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome
Apr 14th - Chicago White Sox Ed Cicotte no-hits St Louis Browns, 11-0
Apr 16th - [OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution
Apr 16th - [OS Apr 4] Lenin issues his radical April Theses calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution
Apr 19th - 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of NY in 2:28:37.2
Apr 24th - Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway
Apr 24th - US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, authorizing the Treasury to issue a public subscription for 2 billion in bonds for the war
May 2nd - Cin Fred Tooney & Chic's Hippo Vaughn pitch duel no-hitter, Vaughn gives up 2 hits & a run in 10th, so Cin wins 1-0
Baseball Legend Babe RuthBaseball Legend Babe Ruth May 3rd - 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
May 4th - Arabs sack Tel Aviv
May 4th - A flotilla of US destroyer ships arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England
May 5th - St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
May 6th - St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
May 7th - Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0
May 10th - Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks
May 11th - King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
May 12th - 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4
May 12th - 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6
May 13th - 1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
May 13th - Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" premieres
King of the United Kingdom George VKing of the United Kingdom George V May 15th - The first officer's training camp is opened in the US, as the country prepares for war
May 18th - Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
May 18th - 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
May 18th - First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France
May 20th - Turkish government authorizes Jews to return to Tel Aviv & Jaffa
May 21st - Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
May 21st - The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality
May 23rd - Dutch 2nd Chamber approves 1908 conscription draft
May 26th - Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
May 27th - Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
May 30th - Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Original Dixieland Jass Band first recorded
Jun 1st - Hank Gowdy is 1st baseball player to enlist during WW I
Jun 2nd - 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
Jun 4th - 1st Pulitzer prize awarded to Richards & Elliott (Julia Ward Howe)
Jun 4th - American men begin registering for the draft
Jun 4th - Most Excellent Order of British Empire inaugurated by King George V to recognise the efforts of his people in WWI
Jun 5th - 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I
Jun 7th - Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world
Jun 7th - The British detonate mines beneath the German-held Messines Ridge, in the Ypres area
Jun 8th - Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
Jun 10th - 60,000 people of Petrograd Russia welcome Prince Kropotkin (banned 41 years) returning after February Russian Revolution
Jun 10th - Limburgse mine workers strike
Jun 11th - King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicated under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
Jun 12th - Secret Service extends protection of president to his family
Jun 13th - 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 14th - 1st German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East London
Jun 14th - Gen Pershing & his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I
Jun 15th - In order to calm troubled relations with Ireland, the British grant amnesty to the Prisoners taken during the Easter Rising of 1916
Jun 16th - 1st All Russian Congress of the Soviets convenes in Petrograd, Russia [OS Jun 3]
Jun 16th - 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8
Jun 19th - 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 21st - Hawaiian Red Cross forms
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla MalloryTennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory Jun 23rd - 31st US Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beat Marion Vanderhoef (4-6 6-0 6-2)
Jun 23rd - Ammunition factory in Boleweg Bohemia explodes, killing 1,000
Jun 23rd - 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 23rd - 31st U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Marion Vanderhoef (4-6, 6-0, 6-2)
Jun 24th - Russian Black Sea fleet mutinies at Sebastopol
Jun 26th - 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I
Jun 27th - 1st baseball player (Hank Gowdy) to enter WW I military service
Jun 27th - Venizelos takes over as Prime Minister of Greece and severs relations with Central Powers, bringing Greece onside with the Allies in WWI
Jun 28th - Potato entrepreneurs begins in Amsterdam
Jul 1st - 257cm-mirror for Mount Wilson Observatory mounted
Jul 1st - Race riots in East St Louis Illinois (40 to 200 reported killed)
Jul 1st - Reds' Fred Toney pitches completes doubleheader victories over Pirates
Jul 1st - Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday game in Brooklyn
Jul 2nd - Riots in East St Louis Mo
Jul 3rd - Spontaneous demonstration at Tauride-palace Petrograd
Jul 6th - T. E. Lawrence captures port of Aqaba from Turks
HMS Vanguard in 1909HMS Vanguard in 1909

Jul 9th - British battleship Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804
Jul 10th - Emma Goldman imprisoned for obstructing draft
Jul 12th - The Bisbee Deportation occurs as vigilantes kidnap and deport nearly 1,300 striking miners and others from Bisbee, Arizona.
Jul 13th - Vision of Virgin Mary appeared to children of Fatima, Portugal

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