On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1917

Historical Events

  • "Zimmermann Telegram" is sent from Germany to Mexico, stating in the event of the US entering World War I on the allied side, Mexico would be given Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Intercepted by British intelligence and partially deciphered by the next day. It's release in March shifts US public opinion in favor of war against Germany.
  • The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece

Famous Birthdays

  • Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)

Famous Deaths

George Dewey

George Dewey, U.S. Admiral of the Navy, won Battle of Manila Bay, dies at 79

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey
1917 Highlights

About January 16, 1917

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 9 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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