Historical Events for Year 1917

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Jan 2nd - Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank
Jan 8th - Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
Jan 9th - World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
Jan 11th - Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart," premieres in NYC
Jan 17th - US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
Jan 19th - Silvertown Essex's ammunition factory explodes; 300 die
Jan 27th - Coen de Koning wins 2nd official 11 cities race (9:53) (record)
Jan 28th - Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
Jan 29th - British submarine K13 leaves Gaire Loch
Jan 30th - 1st jazz record recorded (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
Jan 31st - Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship
Feb 1st - German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
Feb 3rd - US liner Housatonic sunk by German sub & diplomatic relations severed
Feb 4th - Belgian Council of Flanders established
Feb 5th - Congress overrides Wilson's veto, curtailing Asian immigration
Feb 5th - Morosco Theater opens at 217 W 45th St NYC (demolished 1982)
Feb 5th - Present Mexican constitution adopted
Feb 10th - Johanna Westerdijk installed as Neth 1st female professor
Feb 15th - SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
Feb 16th - 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
Feb 20th - Ammunition ship explodes in Archangel harbour, about 1,500 die
Feb 20th - Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!," premieres in NYC
Feb 21st - British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
Feb 21st - Train near Chirurcha, Romania, catches fire & explodes; hundreds die
Feb 22nd - German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships
Feb 23rd - February revolution begins in Russia
Feb 24th - German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
Feb 24th - Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
Feb 24th - Russian revolution breaks out (3/8 NS)
Feb 26th - 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
Feb 28th - AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I
Feb 28th - Russian Duma sets up Provisional Committee; workers set up Soviets
Mar 1st - 1st federal land bank chartered
Mar 1st - U.S. government releases the plaintext of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public.
Mar 2nd - Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
Mar 3rd - US Congress passes 1st excess profits tax on corporations
Mar 3rd - Great monarch Michael resigns after 1 day as czar
Mar 5th - 1st jazz recording for Victor Records released
Mar 7th - 1st jazz record "Dixie Jazz Band One Step," recorded by Nick LaRocca Original Dixieland Jazz Band, released by RCA Victor in Camden NJ
Mar 8th - Russian revolution breaks out [OS=Feb 24] (in Petrograd)
Mar 10th - Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines's earliest encomiendas.
Mar 11th - 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
Mar 11th - World War I: Baghdad falls to the Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.
Mar 12th - Russian Dumas sets up Provisional Committee; workers set up Soviets
Mar 12th - Stalin, Kamenev & Muranov arrives in St Petersburg
Absolute monarch Nicholas IIAbsolute monarch Nicholas II Mar 15th - Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates
Mar 17th - 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis
Mar 17th - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the throne [NS]
Mar 17th - Delta Phi Epsilon is founded at New York University Law School.
Mar 19th - US Supreme Court upheld 8-hr work day for railroad employees
Mar 21st - Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy's 1st female Petty Officer
Mar 23rd - Tornadoes kills 211 over 4 days in Midwest US
Mar 26th - Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 - Seattle is 1st US team to win Stanley Cup
Mar 28th - Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities
Mar 28th - Puccini's "La Rondine" premieres in Monte Carlo
Mar 31st - US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands
Apr 2nd - Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps
Apr 2nd - Pres Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
Apr 3rd - Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland [NS=April 16]
Apr 4th - Lenin issues his April Theses calling for Soviets to take power
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir LeninMarxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin Apr 6th - US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
Apr 7th - De Falla's ballet "El Sombrero de tres Picos" premieres in Madrid
Apr 7th - James Barries' "Old Lady Shows Her" premieres in London
Apr 9th - Battle of Arras begins
Apr 9th - Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops
Apr 10th - Munition factory explosion at Eddystone PA, kills 133 workers
Apr 11th - Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox
Apr 12th - Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St NYC (Demolished 1982)
Apr 12th - Domenico Scarlatti & Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome
Apr 14th - Chicago White Sox Ed Cicotte no-hits St Louis Browns, 11-0
Apr 16th - Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution
Apr 19th - 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of NY in 2:28:37.2
Apr 24th - Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway
May 2nd - Cin Fred Tooney & Chic's Hippo Vaughn pitch duel no-hitter, Vaughn gives up 2 hits & a run in 10th, so Cin wins 1-0
May 3rd - 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
Baseball Great Babe RuthBaseball Great Babe Ruth May 4th - Arabs sack Tel Aviv
May 5th - St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
May 6th - St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
May 7th - Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0
May 10th - Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks
May 11th - Britain grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
May 12th - 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4
May 12th - 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6
May 13th - 1st appearance of Mary to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal
May 13th - Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo," premieres
May 18th - Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade," premieres in Paris
May 18th - US passes Selective Service act
May 20th - Turkish government authorizes Jews to return to Tel Aviv & Jaffa
May 21st - Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
May 21st - The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.
May 23rd - Dutch 2nd Chamber okays 1908 conscription draft
May 26th - Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
May 27th - Race riot in East St Louis Illinois, 1 black killed
May 30th - Alexander I becomes king of Greece.
May 31st - 1st jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
Jun 1st - Hank Gowdy is 1st baseball player to enlist during WW I
Jun 4th - 1st Pulitzer prize awarded to Richards & Elliott (Julia Ward Howe)
Jun 4th - American men begin registering for the draft
Jun 4th - Order of British Empire inaugurated
Jun 5th - 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I
Jun 8th - Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
Jun 10th - 60,000 people of Petrograd welcome Prince Kropotkin (banned 41 years)
Jun 10th - Limburgse mine workers strike
Jun 11th - King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicated under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
Jun 12th - Secret Service extends protection of president to his family
Jun 13th - 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, and 432 injuries.
Jun 14th - 1e German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East-London
Jun 14th - Gen Pershing & his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I
Jun 16th - 1st Congress of Soviets convene in Russia
Jun 16th - 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8
Jun 17th - British king George V takes the name Windsor
Jun 19th - After WW I King George V ordered members of British royal family to dispense with German titles & surnames, they take the name Windsor
Jun 21st - Hawaiian Red Cross forms
Jun 23rd - 31st US Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beat Marion Vanderhoef (4-6 6-0 6-2)
Jun 23rd - Ammunition factory in Boleweg Bohemia explodes, killing 1,000
Jun 23rd - Ernie Shore replaces Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth with a runner on, he throws him out & retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game
Jun 24th - Russian Black Sea fleet mutiny at Sebastopol
Jun 26th - 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I
Jun 27th - 1st baseball player (Hank Gowdy) to enter WW I military service
Jun 28th - Potato entrepreneurs begins in Amsterdam
Jun 28th - Raggedy Ann doll invented
Jul 1st - 257cm-mirror for Mount Wilson Observatory mounted
Jul 1st - Race riots in East St Louis Illinois (40 to 200 reported killed)
Jul 1st - Reds Fred Toney pitches completes doubleheader victories over Pirates
Jul 1st - Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday game in Brooklyn
Jul 2nd - Riots in East St Louis Mo
Jul 3rd - Spontaneous demonstration at Tauride-palace Petrograd
Jul 6th - T E Lawrence captures Port of Agaba from Turkey
Jul 9th - British warship "Vanguard" explodes at Scapa Flow killing 804
Jul 10th - Emma Goldman imprisoned for obstructing draft
Jul 12th - The Bisbee Deportation occurs as vigilantes kidnap and deport nearly 1,300 striking miners and others from Bisbee, Arizona.
Jul 13th - Vision of Virgin Mary appeared to children of Fatima, Portugal
Jul 17th - British Royal family changes its name from Hanover to Windsor
Jul 20th - Pact of Corfu signed: Serbs, Croats & Slovenes form Yugoslavia
Jul 20th - WW I draft lottery held; #258 is 1st drawn
Jul 22nd - Alexander Kerensky becomes Russian PM
Jul 22nd - British bomb German lines at Ypres, 4,250,000 grenades
Jul 23rd - Cleveland Metropolitan Park District establishes
Jul 25th - Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).
First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover Jul 26th - J. Edgar Hoover gets job on ministry of Justice
Jul 27th - The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.
Jul 28th - Silent Parade 10,000 African-American march on 5th Ave (NYC) protesting against lynching
Jul 30th - Board of Commissioners of Cleveland Metroparks has its 1st meeting
Jul 31st - 3rd battle of Ypres begins
Aug 1st - Frank Little, IWW organizer, lynched in Butte, MT
Aug 4th - Pravda calls for killing all capitalists, priests & officers
Aug 5th - British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe Belgium
Aug 6th - World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins.
Aug 13th - Phillies steal 5 bases in an inning against Braves
Aug 14th - China declares war on Germany & Austria at start of WW I

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