Historical Events in August 1917

  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Father of Modern of China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern of China
Sun Yat-sen