On This Day

Historical Events in June 1917

  • Jun 1 Boston Braves first baseman Hank Gowdy is first active MLB player to enlist for service in World War I; only player to fight in both World War I & II

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Jun 2 Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircraft as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross

  • Jun 4 1st Pulitzer prize awarded to Richards & Elliott (Julia Ward Howe)
  • Jun 4 American men begin registering for the draft

Historic Event

Jun 4 Most Excellent Order of British Empire inaugurated by King George V to recognise the efforts of his people in WWI

  • Jun 5 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I
  • Jun 7 Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world
  • Jun 7 The British detonate mines beneath the German-held Messines Ridge, in the Ypres area
  • Jun 8 Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
  • Jun 10 60,000 people of Petrograd Russia welcome Prince Kropotkin (banned 41 years) returning after February Russian Revolution
  • Jun 10 Limburgse mine workers strike

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Jun 11 King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicates under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens

  • Jun 12 US Secret Service extends protection of the President to include his family
  • Jun 13 World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children with 432 injuries
  • Jun 14 1st German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East London
  • Jun 14 General Pershing and his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I
  • Jun 15 In order to calm troubled relations with Ireland, the British grant amnesty to the Prisoners taken during the Easter Rising of 1916
  • Jun 16 1st All Russian Congress of the Soviets convenes in Petrograd, Russia [OS Jun 3]
  • Jun 16 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8
  • Jun 19 The British Royal Family, which has had strong German ties since George I, renounces its German names and titles and adopts the name of Windsor
  • Jun 21 Hawaiian Red Cross forms
  • Jun 23 Ammunition factory in Boleweg Bohemia explodes, killing 1,000
  • Jun 23 Ernie Shore enters game after Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth is ejected for throwing punch at umpire; retires all 26 batters he faces to win 4-0 vs Washington Senators; ruled combined no-hitter
  • Jun 23 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Two-time defending champion Molla Bjurstedt beats Marion Vanderhoef 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
  • Jun 24 Russian Black Sea fleet mutinies at Sebastopol
  • Jun 26 1st US troops arrive in France during World War I

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Jun 27 Venizelos takes over as Prime Minister of Greece and severs relations with Central Powers, bringing Greece onside with the Allies in WWI

  • Jun 28 Potato entrepreneurs begins in Amsterdam