On This Day

September 1917 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 2 Pan-Germanic and nationalist Fatherland Party (Deutsche Vaterlands Partei) formed by former Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz
  • Sep 3 1st night bombing of London by German aircraft
  • Sep 3 German troops overrun Riga, Latvia
  • Sep 3 Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches complete wins in a doubleheader
  • Sep 6 French pilot Georges Guynemer shoots down 54th German aircraft
  • Sep 15 Russia proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky's Provisional government
  • Sep 15 Forbes Magazine founded by B. C. Forbes and Walter Drey in the US
  • Sep 20 British assault on Polygon Forest, France
  • Sep 20 Paraguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • Sep 26 British assault on Menin-street, France
  • Sep 27 Broadhurst Theater opens at 235 W 44th St NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 2 Cleveland Amory, Nahant Mass, conservationist/TV reviewer (TV Guide)
  • Sep 4 Henry Ford II, American businessman and grandson of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • Sep 6 Philipp von Boeselager, German Wehrmacht officer, failed assassin of Adolf Hitler, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • Sep 7 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Sep 10 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • Sep 10 Miguel Serrano, Chilean author and diplomat

Person of interestFerdinand Marcos

Sep 11 Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (1965-86), born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines (d. 1989)

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 11 Jessica "Decca" Mitford, English author (American Way of Death), activist and one of the Mitford sisters, born in Gloucestershire (d. 1996)
  • Sep 12 Seamas NacNeill, Classical physicist and piper, born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • Sep 12 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • Sep 18 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, born in Brummen, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • Sep 21 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (Crank-Nicolson method), born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1968)
  • Sep 24 William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • Sep 26 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada), born in Amos, Canada (d. 1976)
  • Sep 27 Louis Auchincloss, Lawrence NY, lawyer/novelist (Watchfires)
  • Sep 30 Chung Hee Park, general/President of South Korea (1961-79), assassinated
  • Sep 30 Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov, USSR, director (Taganka)
  • Sep 30 Irving B. Kahn, American inventor of the teleprompter, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1994)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 5 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (pioneer of statistical physics), dies at 45
  • Sep 5 Arthur Verhaegen, Belgian architect and worker's union leader, dies at 70
  • Sep 11 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, dies at 22
  • Sep 20 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • Sep 23 Werner Voss, German World War I flying ace, dies at 20
  • Sep 25 Thomas Ashe, Irish revolutionary (b. 1885)

Person of interestEdgar Degas

Sep 27 Edgar Degas, French impressionist painter, sculptor and artist (The Bellelli Family), dies at 83

Impressionist Painter Edgar Degas
Impressionist Painter
Edgar Degas
  • Sep 28 T. E. Hulme, English writer and poet, dies at 34