January 16, 1917 in History

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Events in History

  • "Zimmermann Telegram" is sent from Germany to Mexico, stating in the event of the US entering World War I on the allied side, Mexico would be given Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Intercepted by British intelligence and partially deciphered by the next day. It's release in March shifts US public opinion in favor of war against Germany.
  • The Greek Government accepts reparations for Allied losses sustained in recent actions in Greece

Birthdays in History

  • Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)

Deaths in History

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George Dewey, U.S. Admiral of the Navy, won Battle of Manila Bay, dies at 79

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey