1917 in History – What happened in year 1917

In history, year 1917 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1917.

Know what happened in 1917:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 DecemberA ship in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, carrying TNTand picric acid caught fire after a collision with another ship andcaused the world's largest man-made accidental explosion (pictured).
07 November Vladimir Lenin led a Bolshevik insurrection against theProvisional Government of Alexander Kerensky, starting the BolshevikRevolution.
19 January Approximately 50 tons of TNT exploded at a munitions factory in Silvertown in West Ham, present-day Greater London, killing over 70 people and injuring over 400 others.
20 OctoberThe Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet,in charge of preparing for and carrying out the Russian Revolution, heldits first meeting.
26 FebruaryNew Orleans' Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded 'Livery Stable Blues', the first jazz single ever released.
26 November Unable to resolve disputes with Eddie Livingstone, owner of theToronto Blueshirts, the other ice hockey clubs of Canada's NationalHockey Association officially agreed to leave that sports league and toform a new one-the National Hockey League.
26 September First World War-The Battle of Polygon Wood, part of the ThirdBattle of Ypres, began near Ypres, Belgium.
09 DecemberFirst World War-Hussein al-Husayni, the Ottoman mayor ofJerusalem, surrendered the city to the British.
02 NovemberBritish Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued the BalfourDeclaration, proclaiming British support for the establishment of aJewish homeland in Palestine.
25 NovemberWorld War I-German troops invaded Portuguese East Africa in anattempt to escape superior British forces to the north and resupply fromcaptured Portuguese materiel.
02 JulyWhite residents of East St. Louis, Illinois, burned entiresections of the city and shot black inhabitants as they escaped theflames.
31 JulyFirst World War-The Battle of Passchendaele began near Ypresin West Flanders, Belgium, with the Allied Powers aiming to force Germantroops to withdraw from the Channel Ports.
13 MayTen-year-old Lúcia Santos and her cousins Francisco andJacinta Marto reportedly began experiencing a Marian apparition nearFátima, Portugal, now known as Our Lady of Fátima.
09 AprilFirst World War-The Canadian Corps began the first wave ofattacks at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Vimy, France.
16 AprilVladimir Lenin returned to Petrograd from Switzerland, andjoined the Bolshevik movement in Russia.
07 NovemberWorld War I-British forces captured Gaza when the Ottomangarrison abandoned the area.
07 JuneFirst World War-The British Army detonated 19 ammonal minesunder the German lines, killing 10,000 in the deadliest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history.
09 DecemberFirst World War-Hussein al-Husayni, the Ottoman mayor of Jerusalem, surrendered the city to the British.
11 JuneAlexander was crowned King of Greece, succeeding his fatherConstantine, who had abdicated.
12 OctoberFirst World War-New Zealand troops suffered 2,735 casualties,including 845 deaths, in the First Battle of Passchendaele, making itthe nation's largest loss of life in one day.
13 OctoberAt least 30,000 people in the Cova da Iria fields near Fátima,Portugal, witnessed the 'Miracle of the Sun'.
15 OctoberDutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was executed by a firing squadfor spying for Germany.
15 MarchTsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in theFebruary Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule.
16 AprilVladimir Lenin returned to Petrograd from Switzerland, andjoined the Bolshevik movement in Russia.
19 January Approximately 50 tons of TNT exploded at a munitions factory inSilvertown in West Ham, present-day Greater London, killing over 70people and injuring over 400 others.
26 MarchFirst World War-Attempting to advance into Palestine, British were defeated by Ottoman troops at the First Battle of Gaza.
26 February New Orleans' Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded 'LiveryStable Blues', the first jazz single ever released.
06 DecemberA ship in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, carrying TNT and picric acid caught fire after a collision with another ship and caused the second-largest man-made accidental explosion in history.
02 NovemberBritish Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued the BalfourDeclaration, proclaiming British support for the establishment of aJewish homeland in Palestine.
07 NovemberVladimir Lenin led a Bolshevik insurrection against theProvisional Government of Alexander Kerensky, starting the BolshevikRevolution.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1917:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AprilSheldon Mayer / Author / United States of America
02 March Jim Konstanty / Baseball Player / United States of America
03 March Sameera Moussa / Physicist / Egypt
03 February Shlomo Goren / General / Poland
04 March Clyde McCullough / Baseball Player / United States of America
05 January Jane Wyman / Actress / United States of America
07 MayDavid Tomlinson / Actor / United Kingdom
08 OctoberDanny Murtaugh / Baseball Player / United States of America
17 NovemberRuth Aaronson Bari / Mathematician / United States of America
20 NovemberRobert Byrd / Politician / United States of America
20 NovemberBobby Locke / Golfer / South Africa
21 February Tadd Dameron / Composer / United States of America
21 MayRaymond Burr / Actor / United States of America
21 DecemberHeinrich Böll / Writer / Germany
23 AugustTex Williams / Writer / United States of America
25 JuneWhipper Billy Watson / Wrestler / United States of America
28 March Claude Bertrand / Surgeon / Canada
29 March Tommy Holmes / Baseball Player / United States of America
29 AprilMarcel Trudel / Author / Canada
30 JuneLena Horne / Actress / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1917:

YearName / Profession / Country
17 January M. G. Ramachandran / Actor / India
19 NovemberIndira Gandhi / Politician / India
19 NovemberIndira Gandhi / Politician / India
19 NovemberMrs. Indira Gandhi / Politician / India
29 DecemberRamanand Sagar / Producer / India
10 AprilJagjit Singh Lyallpuri / Politician / India
03 NovemberAnnapurna Maharana / Activist / India
23 SeptemberAashima Chatarjee / Chemist / India
17 JulyBijon Bhattacharya / Actor / India
13 NovemberVasantdada Patil / Politician / India
12 JulySatyendra Narayan Singh / Politician / India
NA NALakshman Singh Gill / Politician / India
05 NovemberBanarsi Das Gupta / Politician / India
12 March Googie Withers / Actress / India
05 NovemberBanarsi Das Gupta / Politician / India
26 NovemberBiren Mitra / Politician / India
13 NovemberVasantdada Patil / Politician / India
15 January K. A. Thangavelu / Actor / India
15 DecemberShan-ul-Haq Haqqee / Linguist / India
07 JulyRam Subhag Singh / Politician / India

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