On This Day

What Happened on March 12, 1917

Historical Events

Historic Event

A German submarine sinks an unarmed US merchant ship, the 'Algonquin' on the same day that US President Woodrow Wilson gives executive order to arm US merchant ships

  • In the wake of the February Revolution, Communist Party members Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Matvei Muranov arrive in Petrograd (St Petersburg) and seize control of the Pravda newspaper
  • [OS Feb 27] Russian Duma sets up the Provisional Committee; Soviets form Executive Committee

Famous Birthdays

  • Googie Withers, actress (1 of Our Aircraft is Missing), born in Karachi, India
  • Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czy┼╝], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), born in Motal, Poland (now Belarus) (d. 1969)
  • Tom Normanton, British MP
1917 Highlights

About March 12, 1917

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 8 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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