Events in History in February 1917

  • Feb 1 German Gro├čadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war

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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

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 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)

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

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Feb 10 Johanna Westerdijk installed as the Netherlands' 1st female professor
  • 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]
  • Feb 21 British troopship SS Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 646 die
  • Feb 21 Train near Chirurcha, Romania, catches fire & explodes; hundreds die
  • Feb 22 German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
  • Feb 24 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)

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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