Events in year of 1917

  • 01-08Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
  • 01-17US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3 / 21)
  • 01-27Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)
  • 01-29English submarine K13 leaves Gaire Loch
  • 01-301st jazz record recorded (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
  • 01-31Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral Merchant ship
  • 02-01Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
  • 02-03US liner Housatonic sunk by German sub and diplomatic relations severed
  • 02-04Belgium Council of Flanders established
  • 02-05Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St. NYC (demolished 1982)
  • 02-05Present Mexican constitution adopted
  • 02-15San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
  • 02-161st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • 02-20Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die
  • 02-21British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
  • 02-21Train near Chirurcha Romania catches fire and explodes; 100s die
  • 02-22German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
  • 02-23February revolution begins in Russia
  • 02-24German plan to get Mexican help in WWI exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
  • 02-24Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleveland for $15,000
  • 02-24Russian revolution breaks out (3 / 8 NS)
  • 02-261st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • 02-28Russian Duma sets up Provisional Committee; workers set up Soviets
  • 03-011st federal land bank chartered
  • 03-02Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
  • 03-03Congress passes 1st excess profits tax on corporations
  • 03-03Great monarch Michael resigns after 1 day as Czar
  • 03-03Nicholas II, last Russian tsar, abdicates (OS)
  • 03-04Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) becomes 1st female member of Congress
  • 03-051st jazz recording for Victor Records released

People born in year of 1917

  • 01-03Vernon Walters: NYC, New York -- US permanent rep to the UN
  • 01-04Maurice Wohl: English broker / multi-millionaire
  • 01-05Reginald Smith Brindle: Composer
  • 01-05Wieland Wagner: German opera director
  • 01-06Guillermo Rosario: Dutch Antilles, writer (E rais ku no ke muri)
  • 01-07Ulysses Sipmson Kay: Composer
  • 01-08Peter Taylor: United States -- Writer
  • 01-08Stanley Prager: NYC, New York -- Comedian (College Bowl)
  • 01-09Herbert Lom: Czechoslovakia -- Actor (Pink Panther Strikes Again, Dorian Gray)
  • 01-10Jerry Wexler: Music producer (Aretha Franklin / Bob Dylan)
  • 01-12Walter Hendl: West New York, New Jersey -- Conductor
  • 01-13Felix Guerro Diaz: Composer
  • 01-16Buddy Lester: Chicago, Illinois -- Actor (Nick-Phil Silvers Show)
  • 01-17Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran: Indian film star, politician
  • 01-17Oskar Morawetz: Svetla, Czechoslovakia -- Composer
  • 01-17Ulyses Simpson Kay: Composer
  • 01-18Oscar Lewenstein: Impressario
  • 01-19Rudolf Maros: Composer
  • 01-21Rohan Butler: Historian
  • 01-22Albert "Pud" Brown: Clarinetist / saxophonist
  • 01-22Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants]: Flemish poet / playwright
  • 01-27Dunboyne: Lord
  • 01-27Merrivale: Lord
  • 01-29John Raitt: Santa Ana, California -- Actor / singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game)
  • 01-31Erich Geiringer: General practitioner campaigner
  • 01-31Jose Maceda: Composer
  • 02-04Aga Yahya Khan: Pakistan -- Military / politician
  • 02-06Arthur Gold: Toronto, Ontario -- Pianist
  • 02-06Liberato Firmino Sifonia: Composer
  • 02-07Dick Emery: London, England -- Actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love)

People died in year of 1917

  • 01-02Edward B Tylor: English anthropologist, dies at 84
  • 01-06Hendrik P G Quack: Lawyer / economist (Bank of the Netherlands), dies at 82
  • 01-10Buffalo Bill Cody: Army scout and Indian fighter
  • 01-17Hendrik Goeman Borgesius: Dutch politician, dies at 70
  • 01-29Evelyn Baring Earl Cromer: English Consul-General in Egypt, dies at 75
  • 02-05Paul Rubens: Composer, dies at 41
  • 02-06Edouard A Drumont: French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • 02-10Emile Pessard: Composer, dies at 73
  • 02-13Joel Angel: Russian musicologist / composer, dies at 48
  • 02-15Charles A van Ophuysen: Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
  • 02-17Edmund Bishop: English secretary of Thomas Carlyle, dies at 70
  • 02-18Charles E Barber: US chief engraver (1879-1917)
  • 03-06Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom: Premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73
  • 03-08Ferdinand von Zeppelin: Dutch count / air pioneer, dies at 78
  • 03-29Fran Gerbic: Composer, dies at 76
  • 04-01Scott Joplin: Ragtime Composer (Sting), dies at 48
  • 04-07Spyridon Filiskos Samaras: Composer, dies at 53
  • 04-09Edward Thomas: Poet, killed in WWI
  • 04-14Lew [Lejzer L] Zamenhof: Polish doc / linguist (Esperanto), dies at 57
  • 04-18Moritz F Freiherr von Bissing: Governor-General of Belg (1914-17), dies at 73
  • 04-24Oskar Blumenthal: Writer
  • 05-01Jose E Rodo: Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo)
  • 05-11Otto Adolf Klauwell: Composer, dies at 66
  • 05-25Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur: Composer, dies at 72
  • 06-06Iacob Moresianu: Composer, dies at 59
  • 06-12Maria Teresa Carreno: Composer, dies at 63
  • 06-20James Mason Crafts: US chemist, dies at 78
  • 06-27Gustav von Schmolle: German economist (Historical School), dies at 79
  • 07-02Herbert Beerbohm Tree: English actor / director (Hamlet)
  • 07-04Johan H C Kern: Dutch linguist (Sanskreet), dies at 84

Events in year of 1918

  • 01-01Last day of the Julian calendar in Finland
  • 01-02Dodgers trade Casey Stengel and Cutshaw to Pittsburgh for Grimes and Mamaux
  • 01-02NHL Montreal Wanderers disband after Westmount arena burns down
  • 01-03US employment service opens as a unit of Department of Labor
  • 01-05British Premier Lloyd George demand for unified peace
  • 01-08Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
  • 01-08President Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WWI
  • 01-12Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4
  • 01-14Finland and the USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar
  • 01-19Soviets disallows a Constitution Assembly
  • 01-22Ukraine proclaimed a free Republic (German puppet)
  • 01-25Russia declared a Republic of Soviets
  • 01-26President Hoover calls for "wheatless" and "meatless" days for war effort
  • 01-27"Tarzan of the Apes, " 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater
  • 01-28Trotsky becomes leader of Reds
  • 02-01Russia adopts Gregorian calender (becomes February 14)
  • 02-051st US pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W Thompson
  • 02-05Separation of church and state begins in the USSR
  • 02-06Britain grants women (30 and over) vote
  • 02-08"Stars & Stripes, " weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published
  • 02-09Army chaplain school organizes at Ft Monroe, Virginia
  • 02-14H Atteridge and S Rombergs musical "Sinbad, " premieres in New York City
  • 02-14USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar (originally February 1)
  • 02-151st WWI US army troop ship torpedoed and sunk by Germany, off Ireland
  • 02-15Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania adopt Gregorian calendar
  • 02-16Lithuania declares independence from Russia and Germany (National Day)
  • 02-21Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
  • 02-22Germany claims Baltic states, Finland and Ukraine from Russia
  • 02-24Estonia declares independence from Russia
  • 02-26Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604

People born in year of 1918

  • 01-01Willy den Ouden: Dutch swimmer (WR 100m, 1:04.06)
  • 01-03Maxene Andrews: Minnesota, United States -- Singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy)
  • 01-06Buddy Weed: Ossining, New York -- Pianist (Penthouse Party)
  • 01-06Caspar MB "Cas" Baas: Dutch actor / playwright / director (Ciske the Rat)
  • 01-07Alessadro Natta: Italian political leader (Communist Party)
  • 01-11Albert Weisser: Composer
  • 01-13Lester Sill: Pioneer music publisher / record producer
  • 01-13Steve Dunne: Northampton, Massachusetts -- Actor (Professional Father)
  • 01-15Gamal Abdel Nasser: President of Egypt (1954-1971)
  • 01-16Stirling Silliphant: Screenwriter
  • 01-17Joseph Walker Barr: Banker / politician
  • 01-18Adriano Mandarino Hypolito: Priest
  • 01-18Ton Brandsteder: CEO / founder (Sony Nederland)
  • 01-19John H Johnson: United States -- Publisher (Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet)
  • 01-21Geoffrey Dawes: Physiologist
  • 01-23Gertrude Belle Elion: NYC, New York -- Biochemist / drug researcher (Nobel 1988)
  • 01-24Gottfried von Einem: Bern, Switzerland -- Austrian composer (Dantons Tod)
  • 01-24John McLiam: Alberta, Canada -- Actor (Parker-Men From Shiloh)
  • 01-25Ken Mayers: Actor (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol)
  • 01-26Nicolae Ceausescu: Romanian President (1967-90)
  • 01-27Elmore James: Musician (Dust My Broom)
  • 01-28Harry M Corbett: Bradford -- Puppeteer / entertainer (Sooty, Some People)
  • 01-28Suzanne Flon: Paris, France -- Actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge)
  • 01-28Trevor Skeet: British MP
  • 01-28Vito Scotti: San Francisco, California -- Actor (Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park)
  • 01-28Wilson Ferreira Aldunate: Uruguayan politician / human rights worker
  • 01-29William Rigney: Baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 01-30David Opatoshu: NYC, New York -- Actor (Bonino, Secret Empire, Masada)
  • 02-01Maurice Laing: Life President (John Laing)
  • 02-01Muriel Spark: Edinburgh, Scotland -- Novelist (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)

People died in year of 1918

  • 01-02Sijbe K Bakker: Vicar / Theologist (Christian-Socialism), dies at 42
  • 01-06Georg F L P Cantor: German mathematician: collection, dies at 72
  • 01-08Michael Hertz: Composer, dies at 73
  • 01-28John McCrae: Canadian Poet / physician
  • 02-02John L Sullivan: Mass, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59
  • 02-06Gustav Klimt: Austrian Painter / cartoonist, dies at 55
  • 02-07Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev: Composer, dies at 68
  • 02-09Emiel van der Straeten [Delrue]: Flemish playwright, dies at 30
  • 02-17Wilfrid Laurier: Canadian Prime Minister (1896-1911)
  • 03-01Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren: Composer, dies at 64
  • 03-09[Benjamin] Franc[lin] Wedekind: German writer / press sec, dies at 53
  • 03-13Karel Stecker: Composer, dies at 57
  • 03-15Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte: Composer, dies at 82
  • 03-15Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger: Composer, dies at 24
  • 03-15Lili Boulanger: Composer, dies at 24
  • 03-18Willem Coenen: Composer, dies at 80
  • 03-19Willem H de Beaufort: Dutch Historian / liberal politician, dies at 73
  • 03-23Cesar Cortinas: Composer, dies at 27
  • 03-24Theophile Ysaye: Composer, dies at 53
  • 03-25Claude A Debussy: French Composer (Iberia / La mer), dies in Paris at 55
  • 04-01Karl Fritjof Valentin: Composer, dies at 64
  • 04-05Paul Vidal de la Blanche: French geographer, dies at 73
  • 04-21"Red Baron" [Manfred von Richtofen]: Shot down in WWI at 25
  • 04-23Percy Thomson Dean: Lieutenant Commander, killed at Zeebrugge
  • 04-29Gavrilo Princip: Bosnian murderer of Archduke Ferdinand, dies at 22
  • 05-16Eusapia Palladino: Napolitan, dies at 64
  • 05-18Toivo Kuula: Composer, dies at 34
  • 05-27Henry Adams: US literature Historian (Esther), dies at 80
  • 05-30Georgi V Plechanov: Russian revolutionary theorist
  • 06-01Friedrich Richard Faltin: Composer, dies at 83