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What Happened on July 9, 1917

Historical Events

Historic CommunicationHMS Vanguard Disaster

British battleship HMS Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804

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HMS Vanguard in 1909
HMS Vanguard in 1909
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Famous Birthdays

  • Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1985)
1917 Highlights

About July 9, 1917

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 103 years, 4 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Cancer