Historical Events in February 1917

  • Feb 1 German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
  • Feb 3 US liner Housatonic is sunk by German submarine, on the same day that US President Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany
  • Feb 4 Belgian Council of Flanders established
  • Feb 5 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • Feb 5 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

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Feb 5 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Feb 10 Johanna Westerdijk installed as Nethrland's 1st female professor
  • Feb 15 SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
  • Feb 16 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • Feb 17 In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
  • Feb 20 Ammunition ship explodes in Archangel harbour, about 1,500 die
  • Feb 20 Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
  • Feb 21 Train near Chirurcha, Romania, catches fire & explodes; hundreds die
  • Feb 22 German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
  • Feb 22 [NS Mar 7] Russian February Revolution begins with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
  • Feb 24 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
  • Feb 24 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
  • Feb 26 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

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Feb 26 [NS Mar 11] Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies

  • Feb 26 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • Feb 28 AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I