On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1923

Historical Events

  • Fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School, South Carolina

Famous Birthdays

  • Michael Beetham, Marshal (RAF)
  • Miles Wingate, deputy master (Trinity House)
  • Peter Mennin [Mennini], American composer (Moby Dick; The Cycle), and educator (Juilliard, 1962-83), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)

Famous Weddings

Marlene Dietrich

Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany

1923 Highlights

About May 17, 1923

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 98 years, 6 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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