Historical Events in April 1917

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Apr 2 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

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Apr 2 US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

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Apr 3 Alfred Stieglitz opens 1st one-person show of Georgia O'Keeffee's work at 291 art gallery in New York

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Apr 3 Vladimir Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland [NS=April 16]

  • Apr 4 US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WWI
  • Apr 6 US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
  • Apr 7 J.M. Barrie's play "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals" premieres in London
  • Apr 7 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Sombrero de tres Picos" ("The Three-Cornered Hat") premieres at Teatro Eslava in Madrid, Spain
  • Apr 9 Battle of Arras begins
  • Apr 9 Vimy Ridge in France stormed by Canadian troops
  • Apr 10 Munition factory explosion at Eddystone, Pennsylvania, kills 133 workers
  • Apr 12 Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St NYC (Demolished 1982)
  • Apr 12 Domenico Scarlatti & Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome
  • Apr 14 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Cicotte no-hits St Louis Browns, 11-0
  • Apr 16 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy in 2:28:37.2
  • Apr 16 Vladimir Lenin issues his radical "April Theses" calling for Soviets to take power during the Russian Revolution [OS Apr 4]
  • Apr 16 [OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution
  • Apr 24 US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, authorizing the Treasury to issue a public subscription for 2 billion in bonds for the war
  • Apr 24 Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway