On This Day

What Happened on April 2, 1917

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany


Famous Birthdays

  • Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1989)
  • Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), born in Fairview, Missouri (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • Bryn Lewis, Welsh rugby union winger (2 caps; Newport, Cambridge University), dies on active duty in WWI at 26
1917 Highlights

About April 2, 1917

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 8 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aries