On This Day

What Happened on June 2, 1917

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircraft as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop

Famous Birthdays

  • Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2000)
1917 Highlights

About June 2, 1917

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 103 years and 6 months
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Gemini