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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron

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? 104 years, 7 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Virgo