March 1917 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 1st federal land bank chartered in USA
  • Mar 1 U.S. government releases the plaintext of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public.
  • Mar 2 Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
  • Mar 3 US Congress passes 1st excess profits tax on corporations
  • Mar 3 Mexico and the USA renew diplomatic relations

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Mar 5 US President Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated for a second term

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Mar 7 Russian February Revolution breaks out [OS=Feb 24] with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd
  • Mar 8 Russian 'February Revolution' begins; riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war.
  • Mar 10 Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines's earliest encomiendas.
  • Mar 11 British forces occupy Baghdad, the capital of Mesopotamia, after Turkish forces evacuated
  • Mar 12 [OS Feb 27] Russian Duma sets up the Provisional Committee; Soviets form Executive Committee
  • Mar 12 Stalin, Kamenev & Muranov arrives in Petrograd/St Petersburg
  • Mar 12 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

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Mar 15 Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him [OS Mar 2]

  • Mar 16 [OS Mar 3] Russian Grand Duke Michael, brother of Tsar Nicholas II declines the Russian throne
  • Mar 17 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis
  • Mar 17 Delta Phi Epsilon is founded at New York University Law School.

MurderMurder of Interest

Mar 17 Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino

  • Mar 19 US Supreme Court upheld 8-hr work day for railroad employees
  • Mar 20 After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable
  • Mar 21 Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy's 1st female Petty Officer
  • Mar 22 The USA is the first nation to recognize the new government of Russia
  • Mar 23 Tornadoes kills 211 over 4 days in Midwest US

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Mar 25 Canadian ace Billy Bishop claims his first victory, shooting down and mortally wounding German Leutnant Theiller

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • Mar 26 British win a battle against Turks at Gaza
  • Mar 28 Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities
  • Mar 28 Puccini's "La Rondine" premieres in Monte Carlo
  • Mar 31 US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Lord Weary's Castle, Near the Ocean), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Mar 3 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • Mar 3 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • Mar 6 J A Mommersteeg, Dutch asst sect of Defense (KVP)
  • Mar 6 Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • Mar 7 Janet Collins, ballerina
  • Mar 8 A Marja, [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
  • Mar 9 Dante B Fascell, (Rep-D-FL, 1955- )
  • Mar 10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • Mar 11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Tom Normanton, British MP
  • Mar 13 Maria Vlamynck, Flemish author
  • Mar 14 Macha Louis Rosenthal, critic/poet
  • Mar 16 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist
  • Mar 19 Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 20 Dolf Verspoor, literary/interpreter (M Nijhoff Prize 1958)
  • Mar 20 Peter Caddy, founder (Findhorn Community)
  • Mar 21 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • Mar 22 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), (d. 2000)
  • Mar 23 H C Allen, American historian
  • Mar 24 John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • Mar 24 Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • Mar 26 Jean Graham Hall, circuit court judge (England)
  • Mar 27 Cyrus Vance, US Secretary of State (1977-80), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2002)
  • Mar 27 Harry West, Unionist party leader (Unionist)
  • Mar 29 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 6 Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73

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Mar 8 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Dutch count/air pioneer, dies at 78

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • Mar 25 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (b. 1832)