On This Day

What Happened on March 8, 1917

Historical Events

  • Russian "February Revolution" begins in earnest with protests celebrating International Woman's Day and riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war [OS=Feb 23]
  • US Senate introduces the Cloture Rule, requiring a two-thirds majority to end debate, at the urging of Woodrow Wilson

Famous Birthdays

  • A Marja [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestFerdinand von Zeppelin

Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, dies at 78

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin

1917 Highlights

About March 8, 1917

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 103 years, 8 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Pisces