What Happened in April 1917

Historical Events


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Apr 2 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin

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Apr 2 US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

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Apr 3 Vladimir Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland [NS=April 16]

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin

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Apr 3 Alfred Stieglitz opens 1st one-person show of Georgia O'Keeffee's work at 291 art gallery in New York

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
Photographer Alfred Stieglitz
Photographer
Alfred Stieglitz
  • Apr 4 US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WWI
  • Apr 6 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
  • Apr 7 De Falla's ballet "El Sombrero de tres Picos" premieres in Madrid
  • Apr 7 James Barries' "Old Lady Shows Her" premieres in London
  • Apr 9 Battle of Arras begins
  • Apr 9 Vimy Ridge in France stormed by Canadian troops
  • Apr 10 Munition factory explosion at Eddystone, Pennsylvania, kills 133 workers

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Apr 11 Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 12 Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St NYC (Demolished 1982)
  • Apr 12 Domenico Scarlatti & Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome
  • Apr 14 Chicago White Sox Ed Cicotte no-hits St Louis Browns, 11-0
  • Apr 16 [OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution
  • Apr 16 Vladimir Lenin issues his radical "April Theses" calling for Soviets to take power during the Russian Revolution [OS Apr 4]
  • Apr 19 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of NY in 2:28:37.2
  • Apr 24 Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway
  • Apr 24 US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, authorizing the Treasury to issue a public subscription for 2 billion in bonds for the war

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Johnny Andrews, singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 1 Leon Janney (Ramon), American actor (Charly, Stolen Paradise, Hawk), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1980)
  • Apr 2 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), born in Fairview, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Apr 2 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1989)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, American composer (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Apr 3 Tibor Andrasovan, Slovak composer, born in Slovenská Lupca, Zólyom, Austria-Hungary (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist and rebel (barricade uprising), born in Guyotville, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Apr 5 Robert Bloch, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Apr 6 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • Apr 6 Shakey, [Walter Horton], Miss, harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin')
  • Apr 6 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • Apr 7 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9 Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 1965)
  • Apr 9 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer, born in Churchtown, County Cork, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • Apr 9 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 2002)
  • Apr 10 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • Apr 11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster, born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • Apr 11 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Apr 12 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Apr 12 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time), born in Jamnagar, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1978)
  • Apr 12 Helen Forrest, American singer of traditional pop and swing music, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • Apr 13 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Apr 14 Valerie Hobson, North Ireland, actress (Great Expectations)
  • Apr 14 Marvin Miller, American baseball executive (Major League Baseball Players Association 1966-1982), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Hans Conried, American actor (Peter Pan, Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • Apr 15 Pietro Grossi, composer
  • Apr 16 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 17 Bill Clements, American politician, Governor of Texas (1987-91), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Apr 18 Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • Apr 18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • Apr 19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician/producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom)
  • Apr 21 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • Apr 22 Leo Abse, Welsh politician and biographer, born in Cardiff (d. 2008)
  • Apr 22 Sidney Nolan, Australia, painter/illustrator (Ned Kelly)
  • Apr 22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • Apr 23 Jacob Kistemaker, Dutch nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge), born in Kolhorn, Netherlands (d. 2010)

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

Apr 25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Apr 26 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect (1961 Brunner Prize), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Apr 26 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • Apr 28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • Apr 28 Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • Apr 28 Robert Cornthwaite, American actor (Thing, War of the Worlds, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), born in St. Helens, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker , born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Apr 30 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), born in The Bronx, Yew York (d. 2017)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestScott Joplin

Apr 1 Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • Apr 7 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer, dies at 53
  • Apr 9 Edward Thomas, poet, killed in WW I
  • Apr 9 James Hope Moulton, British scholar of Classical Greek (b. 1863)
  • Apr 14 Lew [Lejzer L] Zamenhof, Polish doc/linguist (Esperanto), dies at 57
  • Apr 18 Moritz von Bissing, German gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17), dies at 73
  • Apr 18 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • Apr 24 Oskar Blumenthal, writer, dies