On This Day

What Happened on May 18, 1917

Historical Events

  • Erik Satie, Leonide Massine and Pablo Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

First units of the American Expeditionary Force, commanded by General John J. Pershing, is ordered to France

  • US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment

Famous Birthdays

  • Charles Wintour, English journalist (The Evening Standard), born in Dorset, England (d. 1999)
  • James Donald, Scottish actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings, In Which We Serve, Way Ahead), born in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 1993)
1917 Highlights

About May 18, 1917

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 105 years, 1 month and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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