January 2 - The Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank.
January 17 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
January 22 - World War I: President Woodrow Wilson calls for "peace without victory"
January 25 - The Danish West Indies is sold to the United States for $25 million.
January 28 - The United States ends search for Pancho Villa.
January 31 - World War I: Germany announces its U-boats will engage in unrestricted
February 3 - World War I: The United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany.
February 5 - The constitution of Mexico is adopted.
February 23 - The Russian Revolution begins with the overthrow of the Tsar system.
February 24 - World War I: United States ambassador to the United Kingdom Walter H.
Page is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany offers to give the American
Southwest back to Mexico if Mexico will declare war on the United States.
March 2 - The enactment of the Jones Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
March 4 - Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman member of the United
States House of Representatives.
March 8 - The United States Senate adopts the cloture rule in order to limit filibusters.
March 15 - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates and the Russian Revolution begins.
March 21 - The Danish West Indies become the Virgin Islands when Denmark transfers
control over the islands to the United States after the purchase of the islands on January 25.
March 26 - World War I: Battle of Gaza - British cavalry troops retreat after 17,000 Turks
block their advance.
March 31 - The United States takes possession of the Virgin Islands after paying $25
million to Denmark.
April 2 - World War I: US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress for a declaration
of war on Germany.
April 6 - World War I: United States declares war on Germany. April 9 - 12 - World War I: Canada wins the Battle of Vimy Ridge..
April 11 - World War I: Brazil severed relations with Germany.
May 13 - Three peasant children claim to see the Virgin Mary above a holm oak tree in
Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal.
May 18 - World War I: The Selective Service Act passes the United States Congress
giving the President the power to draft soldiers.
June 5 - World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as "Army registration day."
June 15 - The United States enacts the Espionage Act, which, when combined with the later
Sedition Act, suspends constitutional freedom of speech.
June 24 - Freemasonry founded in London.
July 6 - Arabian troops led by T.E. Lawrence capture Aqaba from the Turks.
July 7 - Aleksandr Kerensky forms the Provisional Government in Russia after the
deposing of the tsar.
July 17 - King George V of the United Kingdom issues a Proclamation stating
that the male line descendants of the British royal family will bear the surname Windsor.
July 20 - Corfu Declaration that enabled post-war Kingdom of Yugoslavia was signed
by the Yugoslav Committee and Kingdom of Serbia.
July 25 - Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary"
measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).
October 15 - World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is
executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.
October 19 - Love Field in Dallas, Texas is opened.
October 26 - World War I: Brazil declared in state of war with Germany.
November 2 - Zionism: The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for Jewish
settlement in Palestine.
November 6 - World War I: Third Battle of Ypres ends: After three months of fierce fighting,
Canadian forces take Ypres in Belgium.
November 7 - Russian Revolution begins: In Russia, Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin
leads his leftist revolutionaries in a nearly bloodless coup d'état against the ineffective
Kerensky Provisional Government (Russia was still using the Julian Calendar at the time,
so period references show a October 25 date).
November 7 - World War I: Battle of Gaza ends - United Kingdom forces capture Gaza
from the Ottoman Empire.
November 15 - Finland takes a step towards full sovereignty recognizing the personal
union with Russia finished after the Tsar being dethroned.
November 20 - World War I: Battle of Cambrai begins - British forces make early
progress in an attack on German positions but are soon beat back..
November 20 - Ukraine is declared a republic.
December 3 - After nearly 20 years of planning and construction, the Quebec Bridge opens
to traffic (the bridge partially collapsed on August 29, 1907 and September 11, 1916).
December 6 - Finland's declaration of independence.
December 6 - Halifax explosion: A ship collision in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia
causes a huge explosion that kills more than 1900 people and destroys part of the
city. Until Hiroshima, this was the biggest manmade explosion.
December 25 - Why Marry, first dramatic play to win a Pulitzer Prize, opens at the
Astor Theatre in New York City.
Lions Clubs International was formed.
First commercially issued recordings of jazz music, by Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
Conscription crisis in Canada.Ongoing events
World War I (1914-1918).
Armenian Genocide (1915-1918).
Hellenic Holocaust (1914-1922).Year in topic
1917 in film
Technicolor is introduced.
1917 in sports
March 25 - Seattle Metropolitans become first U. S. team to win Stanley Cup.
November 22 - In Montreal, Canada, the National Hockey Association breaks
up (on November 26 it was replaced with the National Hockey League).Births
January 10 - Johanna van den Hoek
January 10 - Hilde Krahl
, actress (d. 1999).
January 10 - Jerry Wexler
, record producer.
January 12 - Stoffel van den Houten
January 15 - Pieter van der Welle
January 24 - Ernest Borgnine
January 25 - Ilya Prigogine
, winner, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1977 (d. 2003).
January 29 - John Raitt
, actor, singer.
February 3 - Neeltje Pieternella van den Houten
February 4 - Yahya Khan
, President of Pakistan, (d. 1980).
February 6 - Zsa Zsa Gabor
February 11 - Richard Jock Kinneir
, graphic designer.
February 11 - Sidney Sheldon
February 12 - Leo van den Houten
February 14 - Herbert A. Hauptman
, biophysicist, winner Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
February 19 - Carson McCullers
, author (d. 1967).
February 25 - Anthony Burgess
, author of Clockwork Orange (d. 1993).
February 27 - John Connally
, Governor of Texas (d. 1993).
March 1 - Robert Lowell
, poet (d. 1977).
March 2 - Desi Arnaz
, actor, bandleader, musician (d. 1986).
March 19 - Dinu Lipatti
, pianist (d. 1950).
March 20 - Dame Vera Lynn
, actress, singer.
March 26 - Magdalena Schuil
March 27 - Cyrus Vance
, United States politician (d. 2002).
April 17 - Bill Clements
, governor of Texas.
April 24 - Magchiel van de Luitgaren
April 25 - Ella Fitzgerald
, jazz singer (d. 1996).
May 6 - Gerardus Jacobus Steenstraten
May 14 - Lou Harrison
, composer (d. 2003).
May 21 - Raymond Burr
, actor (d. 1993).
May 22 - Georg Tintner
, conductor (d. 1999).
May 28 - Papa John Creech
, (d. 1994).
May 29 - John Kennedy
, United States President (d. 1963).
July 4 - Manolete
(Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez), bullfighter (d. 1947).
July 28 - Johannes van den Houten
July 29 - Anthonius van den Houten
August 15 - Jack Lynch
, Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 1999).
August 22 - John Lee Hooker
, blues musician (d. 2001).
August 28 - Jack Kirby
, (comic book artist) (d. 1994).
August 29 - Isabel Sanford
, actress (All in the Family, The Jeffersons).
September 9 - Ida van den Houten
September 11 - Ferdinand Edralin Marcos
, Philippine President and strongman.
September 13 - Robert Ward
, composer (d. 1994).
September 25 - Johnny Sain
, baseball pitcher.
October 15 - Jan Miner
, American actress (d. 2004).
October 21 - Dizzy Gillespie
, American jazz musician (d. 1993).
October 30 - Maurice Trintignant
, F1 race car driver.
November 2 - Wilhelmina Hendrika Vos
November 6 - Elisa Maria Mussers
November 11 - Madeleine Damerment
, WW II heroine, executed by the Nazis (d. 1944).
December 6 - Eliane Plewman
, WW II heroine, executed by the Nazis (d. 1944).
December 6 - Kamal Jumblatt
, leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977).
December 14 - Hillegonda van Kamp
December 22 - Gene Rayburn
, television host (d. 1999).
December 30 - Seymour Melman
, industrial engineer.
Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra, later Sultan of Kelantan and 6th
Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.Stillborn
July 30 - Stillborn van den Houten
January 8 - Anna Hendrikse
January 10 - William F. Cody
January 16 - George Dewey
February 18 - Elisabeth den Boer
March 17 - Franz Brentano
, German philosopher and psychologist.
March 31 - Emil Adolf von Behring
, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or
April 1 - Scott Joplin
, musician, composer.
May 17 - Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke
, ruler of Sarawak.
May 18 - Anna van den Houten
May 20 - Philipp von Ferrary
, stamp collector.
May 22 - Pieternella Schouls
June 30 - Antonio de La Gandara
July 20 - Johanna van den Houten
July 21 - Johannes Jeremias Zweerus
September 27 - Edgar Degas
October 13 - Florence La Badie
, pioneer actress.
October 15 - Mata Hari
, Dutch dancer and spy (executed).
October 16 - Jacob van den Houten
October 28 - Prince Christian
of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, husband
of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, aunt of King George V.
November 17 - Auguste Rodin
, sculptor.John William Waterhouse
, Artist.To my Homepage