August 1917 in history

August 1917 events chronologically

Aug 6 World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins
Aug 18 A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless
Aug 28 Ten Suffragettes are arrested while picketing the White House
Aug 30 Vietnamese prison guards led by Trịnh Văn Cấn mutiny at the Thái Nguyên penitentiary against local French authority

Top 7 most famous people born in August 1917

Aug 6 Robert Mitchum an American film actor, author, composer and singer. He is rated #23 on the American Film Institute's list of the 50 greatest American screen legends of all time. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several major works of the film noir style, and is considered a forerunner of the anti-heroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. He may be best-remembered for his roles in such films as The Story of G.I. Joe , Crossfire , Out of the Past , The Night of the Hunter , and Cape Fear
Aug 15 Óscar Romero a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. He became the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador, succeeding Luis Chávez, and spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture. Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in 1980
Aug 15 Jack Lynch the Taoiseach of Ireland, serving two terms in office; from 1966 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979.
Aug 18 Caspar Weinberger an American politician and businessman. As a prominent Republican, he served in a variety of prominent state and federal positions for three decades, including Chairman of the California Republican Party, 1962-68. Most notably he was appointed Secretary of Defense under Republican President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1987
Aug 21 Leonid Hurwicz a Polish-American economist and mathematician, born in Moscow. He originated incentive compatibility and mechanism design, which show how desired outcomes are achieved in economics, social science and political science. Interactions of individuals and institutions, markets and trade are analyzed and understood today using the models Hurwicz developed. To date, Leonid Hurwicz is the oldest Nobel Laureate, having received the prize at the age of 90
Aug 22 John Lee Hooker an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born in Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper, and rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues. He developed his own driving-rhythm boogie style, distinct from the 1930s–1940s piano-derived boogie-woogie style. Some of his best known songs include "Boogie Chillen'" , "Crawling King Snake" , "Dimples" , "Boom Boom" , and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" – the first being the most popular race record of 1949
Aug 28 Jack Kirby an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium.

Top 7 most famous people died in August 1917

Aug 1 Enric Prat de la Riba a Spanish politician, lawyer and writer. He was a member of the Centre Escolar Catalanista, where one of the earliest definitions of Catalan nationalism was formulated. He became the first president of Commonwealth of Catalonia on 6 April 1914 and retained this office until his death. He wrote the book and political manifesto La Nacionalitat Catalana in which greater autonomy to Catalonia was advocated
Aug 3 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius a German mathematician, best known for his contributions to the theory of elliptic functions, differential equations and to group theory. He is known for the famous determinantal identities, known as Frobenius–Stickelberger formulae, governing elliptic functions, and for developing the theory of biquadratic forms. He was also the first to introduce the notion of rational approximations of functions , and gave the first full proof for the Cayley–Hamilton theorem. He also lent his name to certain differential-geometric objects in modern mathematical physics, known as Frobenius manifolds
Aug 13 Eduard Buchner a German chemist and zymologist, awarded with the 1907 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on fermentation.
Aug 19 Kikuchi Dairoku a mathematician, educator, and education administrator in Meiji period Japan.
Aug 20 Adolf von Baeyer a German chemist who synthesized indigo, and was the 1905 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Aug 29 Albert Grey 4th Earl Grey a British nobleman and politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the ninth since Canadian Confederation.
Aug 30 Alan Leo a prominent British astrologer, author, publisher and theosophist. He is often referred to as "the father of modern astrology"