1917 events in history

Jan 9 World War I: the Battle of Rafa is fought near the Egyptian border with Palestine
Jan 11 The Kingsland munitions factory explosion occurs as a result of sabotage
Jan 17 The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands
Jan 19 Silvertown explosion: 73 are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London
Jan 22 World War I: President Woodrow Wilson of the still-neutral United States calls for "peace without victory" in Europe
Jan 28 Municipally-owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco
Jan 31 World War I: Germany announces that its U-boats will resume unrestricted submarine warfare after a two-year hiatus
Feb 3 World War I: The United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany a day after the latter announced a new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare
Feb 5 The current constitution of Mexico is adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches
Feb 5 The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia
Feb 23 First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution
Feb 24 World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States
Feb 26 The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York
Mar 1 The U.S. government releases the unencrypted text of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public
Mar 2 The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship
Mar 4 Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives
Mar 8 The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule
Mar 8 International Women's Day protests in St. Petersburg mark the beginning of the February Revolution (so named because it was February on the Julian calendar)
Mar 10 Some provinces and cities in the Philippines were incorporated due to the ratification of Act No. 2711 or the Administrative Code of the Philippines
Mar 11 World War I:Mesopotamian Campaign — Baghdad falls to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude
Mar 15 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne and his brother the Grand Duke becomes Tsar
Mar 25 The Georgian Orthodox Church restores its autocephaly abolished by Imperial Russia in 1811
Mar 26 World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance
Mar 31 The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands
Apr 2 World War I: United States President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany
Apr 6 World War I: The United States declares war on Germany (see President Woodrow Wilson's address to Congress)
Apr 9 World War I: The Battle of Arras – the battle begins with Canadian Corps executing a massive assault on Vimy Ridge
Apr 12 World War I: Canadian forces successfully complete the taking of Vimy Ridge from the Germans
Apr 16 Vladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd, Russia from exile in Switzerland
May 13 Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal
May 18 World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription
May 19 The Norwegian football club Rosenborg BK was founded
May 21 The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 causes $5.5 million in damages, destroying some 300 acres including 2,000 homes, businesses and churches, displacing about 10,000 people but leading to only one fatality (due to heart attack)
May 21 The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is established through royal charter to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military forces
May 26 Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689
Jun 4 The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded: Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World
Jun 5 World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as "Army registration day"
Jun 7 World War I: Battle of Messines – Allied soldiers detonate ammonal mines underneath German trenches at Messines Ridge, killing 10,000 German troops
Jun 11 King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicates under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens
Jun 13 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 23 In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire
Jun 26 The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain and France against Germany in World War I
Jun 30 World War I: Greece declares war on the Central Powers
Jul 2 The East St. Louis Riots end
Jul 6 World War I: Arabian troops led by T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") and Auda ibu Tayi capture Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt
Jul 12 The Bisbee Deportation occurs as vigilantes kidnap and deport nearly 1,300 striking miners and others from Bisbee, Arizona
Jul 17 King George V issues a Proclamation stating that the male line descendants of the British Royal Family will bear the surname Windsor
Jul 20 World War I: The Corfu Declaration, which leads to the creation of the post-war Kingdom of Yugoslavia, is signed by the Yugoslav Committee and Kingdom of Serbia
Jul 25 Sir Robert Borden introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%)
Jul 27 The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele