1917 h2 Timeline
01 - Russians begin offensive in Gallicia, Kerensky, Minister of War, leading in person.
01 - Race riots in East St Louis Illinois (40 to 200 reported killed).
02 - World War I Pershing makes first request for a US army of 1,000,000
03 - Spontaneous demonstration at Tauride-palace Petrograd.
04 - Aviation First 8-cylinder Liberty aircraft engine arrived in Washington, D.C., for test by the National Bureau of Standards. Design, manufacture, and assembly of this motor had required less than 6 weeks.
06 - Canadian House of Commons passes Compulsory Military Service Bill.
06 - T E Lawrence captures Port of Agaba from Turkey.
09 - British warship "Vanguard" explodes at Scapa Flow killing 804.
10 - Emma Goldman imprisoned for obstructing draft.
11 - World War I Pershing suggests that figure of 1,000,000 is only initial size, and a total force of 3,000,000 should be the goal
12 - King Constantine of Greece abdicates in favor of his second son, Alexander.
16 - Retreat of Russians on a front of 155 miles. u.jul 23 1917
22 - Siam at war with Germany and Austria.
22 - World War I British bomb German lines at Ypres, 4,250,000 grenades.
22 - Alexander Kerensky becomes Russian PM.
26 - J Edgar Hoover gets job on ministry of Justice.
27 - First British DH-4 arrived in United States and became model for the first combat aircraft produced in volume in the United States.
28 - Silent Parade in NYC to protest murders of blacks in race riots.Thousands of African-Americans marched down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue protesting lynchings, race riots, and the denial of rights.
31 - Franco-British attack penetrates German lines on a 20-mile front.
31 - 3rd battle of Ypres begins.
01 - World War I Pope Benedict XV makes plea for peace on a basis of no annexation, no indemnity.
01 - Frank Little, IWW organizer, lynched in Butte, MT.
04 - Pravda calls for killing all capitalists, priests & officers.
05 - British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe Belgium.
07 - World War I Liberia at war with Germany.
14 - World War I China declares war on Germany and Austria.
15 - World War I Canadian troops capture Hill 70, dominating Lens.
17 - Military, Aviation Field Marshal Jan Christian Smuts, Chairman of a Sub-committee on Imperial Defence, submitted classic proposal for creation of an autonomous air force in the British military structure.
19 - World War I Italians cross the Isonzo and take Austrian positions.
21 - Aviation First airplane powered by Liberty engine successfully flown, the L. W. F. Engineering Co.'s "Model F" biplane.
23 - A riot erupts in Houston between black soldiers and white citizens; 2 blacks and 11 whites were killed. 18 black soldiers were hanged for participation in the riot.
28 - 10 suffragists arrested as they picket White House.
01 - Pershing establishes his general headquarters at Chaumont
03 - World War I German troops over run Riga Latvia.
14 - Provisional government of Russia forms, Alexander Kerensky regime declares Russian republic.
20 - Costa Rica breaks with Germany.
20 - British assault on Polygon-forest, France.
26 - World War I British assault on Menin-street, France.
06 - Peru and Uruguay break with Germany.
08 - Trotski named chairman of Petrograd Soviet.
09 - World War I Poelcapelle and other German positions captured in Franco- British attack.
13 - Soviet accept establishment of Petrograd Military.
15 - Mata Hari, Dutch dancer and spy is executed by firing squad in Paris.
18 - British De Havilland DH-4 ordered into series production in the United States. 6 months after U.S. entry into World War I.
21 - World War I 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WW I.
23 - World War I French advance northeast of Soissons.
23 - World War I 1st Infantry division "Big Red One" shoots 1st US shot in WW I.
24 - World War I Austro-German breakthrough at Caporetto on Italian front
25 - World War I Italians retreat across the Isonzo and evacuate the Bainsizza Plateau.
25 - In Russia, Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seizes power.
26 - Brazil at war with Germany.
26 - Felix the Cat, cartoon character, is born.
29 - Aviation First DH-4 completed, flown at Dayton, Ohio.
30 - British govt gives final approval to Balfour Declaration.
31 - Beersheba, in Palestine, occupied by British.
01 - World War I Germans abandon position on Chemin des Dames.
02 - Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine.
02 - Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China.
05 - Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Lousiville Ky ordiance requiring blacks & whites to live in separate areas.
06 - NY allows women to vote.
07 - The Russian Bolsheviks seize power in Russia, led by Lenin and Trotzsky, seize Potrograd and depose Kerensky. Allied Supreme War Council created at Rapollo, Italy.
08 - Telephone Co runs 1st ad for Army operators, gets 7,000 applicants.
10 - 41 suffragists are arrested in front of White House.
16 - British occupy Tel Aviv & Jaffa.
20 - British launch surprise tank attack at Cambrai.
20 - 1st tank battle (Britain breaks through German lines).
20 - Ukrainian Republic declared.
23 - World War I Italians repulse Germans on the whole front from the Asiago Plateau to the Brenta River.
24 - World War I Cambrai menaced by British, who approach within three miles, capturing Bourlon Wood.
01 - German East Africa reported completely conquered. Allies' Supreme War Council, representing the United States, France, Great Britain and Italy, holds first meeting at Versailles.
01 - Boys Town founded by Father Edward Flanagan west of Omaha Neb.
02 - Han Yong-woon, found Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea.
03 - Russian Bolsheviki arrange armistice with Germans.
05 - British retire from Bourlon Wood, Graincourt and other positions west of Cambrai.
06 - French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700.
06 - Finland declares independence from Russia National Day.
07 - US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I.
08 - Jerusalem, held by the Turks for 673 years, surrenders to British, under Gen. Allenby.
09 - British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem.
10 - Panama at war with Austria-Hungary.
11 - United States at war with Austria-Hungary.
11 - German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia.
11 - 13 black soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot.
12 - French troop train derails in French Alps killing 543.
15 - Armistice signed between Germany and Russia at Brest-Litovsk.
18 - Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent.
22 - Flanders declares it's independence, under Pieter Tack.
23 - 3 British warships come close to Holland.
26 - Fed govt took over operation of American RR for duration of WW I.
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