On This Day

What Happened on April 9, 1917

Historical Events

  • Battle of Arras begins
  • Vimy Ridge in France stormed by Canadian troops

Famous Birthdays

  • Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 2002)
  • Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 1965)
  • Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer (6 x Epsom Derby; 2 x British champion trainer; only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky 1970), born in Churchtown, Ireland (d. 2009)

Famous Deaths

  • Edward Thomas, poet, killed in WW I
  • James Hope Moulton, British scholar of Classical Greek (b. 1863)
1917 Highlights

About April 9, 1917

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 103 years, 6 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Aries