On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1917

Stormy Birth for the House of Windsor

Historical Events

Historic Event

Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

Famous Birthdays

  • Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), born in Ala┼čehir, Manisa Province (d. 2015)
  • Lou Bourdeau, baseball player and manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2012)


1917 Highlights

About July 17, 1917

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 4 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

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