On This Day

Historical Events in February 1917

  • Feb 1 German Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz announces unrestricted submarine warfare against allied shipping

Historic Event

Feb 3 US liner Housatonic is sunk by German submarine, on the same day that US President Woodrow Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany

  • Feb 4 Belgian Council of Flanders established
  • Feb 5 Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
  • Feb 5 Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)

Historic Event

Feb 5 The last of the American troops commanded by General John Pershing leave Mexico; President Carranza will be assassinated within the next year

  • Feb 10 Johanna Westerdijk installed as the Netherlands' 1st female professor
  • Feb 12 1st edition of Joseph Patterson and Sidney Smith's strip "The Gumps"

Music History

Feb 13 Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is arrested in Paris on suspicion that she is a German spy

  • Feb 15 San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
  • Feb 16 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • Feb 17 In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
  • Feb 18 1st major strike of the Russian "February Revolution" starts at the giant Putilov factory in Petrograd [NS=Mar 3]

Music Premiere

Feb 20 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" opens at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 463 performances

  • Feb 21 British troopship SS Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 646 die
  • Feb 22 German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
  • Feb 24 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
  • Feb 24 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleveland for $15,000
  • Feb 26 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step" and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company

Historic Event

Feb 26 Russian February Revolution: Tsar Nicolas II orders army to quell civil unrest in Petrograd - army mutinies [NS Mar 11]

  • Feb 26 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • Feb 28 AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I