On This Day

What Happened on May 21, 1917

Historical Events

  • Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WWI
  • The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality

Famous Birthdays

  • Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla), born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • Ronald Colville, Scottish businessman and Governor of the Bank of Scotland, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1996)
1917 Highlights

About May 21, 1917

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 104 years, 11 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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