1917 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 235 of 235

  • Nov 20 First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI
  • Nov 20 Ukrainian Republic declared

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 Maxim Gorky calls Vladimir Lenin a blind fanatic/unthinking adventurer

Playwright & Author Maxim Gorky
Playwright & Author
Maxim Gorky
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Nov 24 Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.
  • Nov 26 The new government of Russia offers an armistice to Germany and Austria-Hungary
  • Nov 28 Sigmund Romberg's revue "Over the Top" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 29 A Supreme Allied War Council meets at Versailles to define war aims
  • Dec 1 Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha Neb
  • Dec 2 Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
  • Dec 3 After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opens to traffic.
  • Dec 3 The Supreme Allied War Council, meeting at Versailles to define war aim, fails to reach an agreement
  • Dec 5 Austro-German Forces launch an offensive against the Italians on the western end of their line, around Asiago
  • Dec 6 French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700
  • Dec 6 Taking advantage of the temporary relaxation of authority in Russia, Finland declares itself a republic, following the Ukraine on 20 November
  • Dec 7 US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I

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Dec 7 The USA's 42nd 'Rainbow' Division arrives in France (with Colonel Douglass MacArthur among its ranks)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Dec 9 British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem
  • Dec 11 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
  • Dec 11 German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia
  • Dec 12 French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543
  • Dec 12 Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 14 UFA, Universal Film AG, forms in Germany
  • Dec 15 Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
  • Dec 15 World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers.

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Dec 18 Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Dec 18 The 18th Amendment, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification
  • Dec 20 Cheka formed - Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB, under Felix Dzerzhinsky after decree by Lenin
  • Dec 20 A second nationwide referendum on military conscription is rejected by the Australian public
  • Dec 22 Flanders declares its independence, under Pieter Tack
  • Dec 23 3 British warships come close to Holland
  • Dec 25 "Why Marry" 1st drama to win Pulitzer Prize, premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 US Federal government took over operation of American railroads for duration of WW I
  • Dec 30 -32°F (-36°C) in Mountain City, Tennessee (state record)
  • Dec 30 -37°F (-38°C) in Lewisburg, WV (state record)
  • Dec 31 Dutch Social-democratic trade union NVV counts 159,450 members

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 201 - 233 of 233

  • Nov 12 Joseph Coors, CEO (Adolph Coors Co Brewery)
  • Nov 15 Gerardus H de Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67)

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Nov 19 Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), born in Allahabad India (d. 1984)

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Nov 20 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Nov 21 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer
  • Nov 22 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter, born in Paris, France
  • Nov 23 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • Nov 27 Tiny Rowland, [Roland Fuhrop], German/British owner (Observer)
  • Dec 5 Simone Gallimard, publisher
  • Dec 6 Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977)
  • Dec 6 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (d. 2008)
  • Dec 9 James Angleton, head of counterintelligence for the CIA (d. 1987)
  • Dec 9 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • Dec 10 Sultan Yahya Petra, King of Malaysia (d. 1979)
  • Dec 12 Edward Firth Henderson, arabist
  • Dec 14 June Taylor, American choreographer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 15 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 16 Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Minehead England, science fiction author (2001, 2010, Childhood's End)

Sci-Fi Author Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Dec 16 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Sindhi scholar
  • Dec 20 David Bohm, American-born physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist (d. 1992)
  • Dec 21 Alicia Alonso, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Dec 21 Andre Eglevsky, choreographer (Limelight)
  • Dec 21 Sophie Masloff, American politician
  • Dec 22 Andrew Fielding Huxley, physiologist (Nobel 1963), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • Dec 22 Gene Rayburn, TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector (U of Leuven)
  • Dec 24 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution" (d. 1949)
  • Dec 26 Rosemary Woods, Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
  • Dec 27 Earl of Inchcape, English large landowner/industrialist (P&O)
  • Dec 27 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
  • Dec 28 Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 29 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1998)

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Dec 30 Seymour Melman, American industrial engineer (d. 2004)

Weddings in History


Deaths in History