On This Day

What Happened in September 1917

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 Deutsche Vaterlands Partei formed by admiral Tirpitz
  • Sep 3 1st night bombing of London by German aircraft
  • Sep 3 German troops overrun Riga, Latvia
  • Sep 3 Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches complete wins in a doubleheader
  • Sep 6 French pilot Georges Guynemer shoots down 54th German aircraft
  • Sep 15 Russia proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky's Provisional government

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Honus Wagner, retires at 43, Pirates retire his #33

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Sep 20 British assault on Polygon Forest, France
  • Sep 20 Paraguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • Sep 26 British assault on Menin-street, France
  • Sep 27 Broadhurst Theater opens at 235 W 44th St NYC
  • Sep 27 EHC soccer team forms in Hoensbroek Neth

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Cleveland Amory, Nahant Mass, conservationist/TV reviewer (TV Guide)
  • Sep 2 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian guitarist (developed bossa nova)
  • Sep 3 Eddie Stanky, American baseball second baseman, manager (MLB All Star 1947, 48, 50), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Sep 3 Peter Winter, naval commander (d. 1996)
  • Sep 4 Henry Ford II, American businessman and grandson of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • Sep 5 Jack Buetel, American actress (Outlaw, Half Breed), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Sep 6 George Mann, English cricketer, born in Byfleet, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • Sep 6 Philipp von Boeselager, German Wehrmacht officer, failed assassin of Adolf Hitler, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • Sep 7 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Sep 9 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (Spoiling the Game, S.A.-Mann Brand), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1942)
  • Sep 10 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • Sep 10 Miguel Serrano, Chilean author and diplomat
  • Sep 11 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 2012)

Person of interestFerdinand Marcos

Sep 11 Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (1965-86), born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines (d. 1989)

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 11 Henderson Forsythe, American actor (As the World Turns, Crisis at Central High), born in Macon, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Sep 11 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author (American Way of Death), activist and one of the Mitford sisters, born in Gloucestershire (d. 1996)
  • Sep 11 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, born in Paris (d. 2001)
  • Sep 12 Seamas NacNeill, Classical physicist and piper, born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • Sep 12 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • Sep 13 Jon Thorarinsson, Icelandic composer (d. 2012)
  • Sep 13 Robert Ward, American composer (Pantaloon), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • Sep 15 Richard Arnell, composer
  • Sep 17 Isang Yun, Korean-born German composer, born in Sancheong, Korea (d. 1995)
  • Sep 17 Peter Bennett, British actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in London, England (d. 1989)
  • Sep 18 Ande Anderson, English opera director, born in South Shields (d. 1996)
  • Sep 18 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, born in Brummen, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • Sep 18 June Foray, American voice actress (Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2017)

Person of interestRed Auerbach

Sep 20 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Sep 20 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain (d. 1994)
  • Sep 21 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (Crank-Nicolson method), born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1968)
  • Sep 22 Peter Adams [James H Adams II], American actor (Zorro, Kraft Mystery Theater, Alternative), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1987)
  • Sep 23 Imry Nemeth, Hungarian hammer thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 24 William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • Sep 25 Johnny Sain, American baseball player, born in Havana, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Sep 26 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada), born in Amos, Canada (d. 1976)
  • Sep 27 Louis Auchincloss, Lawrence NY, lawyer/novelist (Watchfires)
  • Sep 27 William T. Orr, American television producer (d. 2002)
  • Sep 28 Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer (Royal Ballet)
  • Sep 28 Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor

Person of interestBuddy Rich

Sep 30 Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • Sep 30 Chung Hee Park, general/President of South Korea (1961-79), assassinated
  • Sep 30 Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov, USSR, director (Taganka)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 5 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (pioneer of statistical physics), dies at 45
  • Sep 5 Arthur Verhaegen, Belgian architect and worker's union leader, dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, dies at 22
  • Sep 12 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • Sep 20 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • Sep 23 Werner Voss, German World War I flying ace, dies at 20
  • Sep 25 Thomas Ashe, Irish revolutionary (b. 1885)
  • Sep 27 Edgar Degas, French impressionist painter, sculptor and artist (The Bellelli Family), dies at 83
  • Sep 28 T. E. Hulme, English writer and poet, dies at 34