January 1917 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 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

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Jan 2 Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank
  • Jan 8 Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
  • Jan 9 World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
  • Jan 10 The Allied Governments respond to US President Wilson's December 1916 note, giving their terms for ending the war
  • Jan 11 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece
  • Jan 17 US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
  • Jan 19 The Silvertown explosion: 300 die when a munitions factory in Essex explodes.
  • Jan 27 Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)
  • Jan 28 Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
  • Jan 29 British submarine K13 sank in Gaire Loch, Scotland; 32 of her crew died
  • Jan 31 Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship
  • Jan 31 Mexican President Carranza announces a new constitution with many liberal elements; most of which his regime will not implement

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 3 Vernon Walters, US permanent rep to the UN, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Maurice Wohl, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 5 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (d. 2006)
  • Jan 6 Guillermo Rosario, Dutch Antilles, writer (E rais ku no ke muri)
  • Jan 6 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (d. 2005)
  • Jan 8 Peter Taylor, US writer
  • Jan 12 Jimmy Skinner, Canadian hockey coach (d. 2007)
  • Jan 12 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist (d. 2008)
  • Jan 16 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran, (MGR), Indian film star, politician
  • Jan 17 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (d. 2007)
  • Jan 18 Oscar Lewenstein, impressario
  • Jan 18 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman
  • Jan 21 Rohan Butler, historian
  • Jan 22 Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • Jan 25 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist Nobel Laureate (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25 Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician (d. 1992)
  • Jan 31 Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 29 Sculptor Auguste Rodin (76) weds Rose Beuret

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Edward B Tylor, English anthropologist, dies at 84
  • Jan 6 Hendrik P G Quack, lawyer/economist (Bank of Neth), dies at 82
  • Jan 10 William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American Wild West hunter and showman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), dies at 70
  • Jan 16 George Dewey, U.S. admiral (b. 1837)
  • Jan 17 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician, dies at 70
  • Jan 29 Evelyn Baring earl Cromer, English consul-general in Egypt, dies at 75