On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1916

The Diary of a Dead Officer

Historical Events

  • 40,000 Amsterdam demonstrators demand general voting right

Historic Event

WWI flying ace The Red Baron of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France

Famous Birthdays

  • Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), born in Sunderland, England (d. 2014)
  • Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., American Engineer (electronics) who invented the over-the-horizon radar that could detect objects thousands of miles away and peer around the Earth's curvature, born in Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • Ove Abildgaard, Danish poet (Uglegylp), born in Lemvig, Denmark (d. 1990)
  • Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician (Chairman of the Presidium of the People's Great Khural (President), 1974-84; Prime Minister, 1952-74; General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Party, 1940-54), born in Davst sum, Uvs aimag, Outer Mongolia (d. 1991)
1916 Highlights

About September 17, 1916

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 105 years, 9 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Virgo