On This Day

What Happened on May 18, 1917

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Satie, Massine and Picasso's ballet "Parade" premieres in Paris
  • 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? 103 years, 11 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus