May 1917 in history

May 1917 events chronologically

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 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 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 26 Several powerful tornadoes rip through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689

Top 7 most famous people born in May 1917

May 3 Kiro Gligorov the first President of the Republic of Macedonia, serving from 1991 to 1999. He held various high positions in the political establishment of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, including as Secretary of State for Finance in the Federal Executive Council, a member of the Yugoslav Presidency, as well as President of the Assembly of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from May 15, 1974 to May 15, 1978
May 14 W. T. Tutte a British, later Canadian, codebreaker and mathematician. During World War II he made a brilliant and fundamental advance in Cryptanalysis of the Lorenz cipher, a major German cipher system. The intelligence obtained from these decrypts had a significant impact on the Allied victory in Europe. He also had a number of significant mathematical accomplishments, including foundation work in the fields of graph theory and matroid theory
May 14 Lou Harrison an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and P. Notoprojo
May 16 Juan Rulfo a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. One of Latin America's esteemed authors, Rulfo's reputation rests on two slim books, the novel Pedro Páramo , and El Llano en llamas , a collection of short stories. Fifteen of these seventeen short stories have been translated into English and published as The Burning Plain and Other Stories. This collection includes his admired tale "¡Diles que no me maten!"
May 21 Raymond Burr a Canadian-American actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. He also had prominent involvement in multiple charitable endeavors, such as working on behalf of the United Service Organizations
May 23 Edward Norton Lorenz an American mathematician and meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory. He introduced the strange attractor notion and coined the term butterfly effect
May 29 John F. Kennedy an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Notable events that occurred during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race—by initiating Project Apollo , the building of the Berlin Wall, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and the increased US involvement in the Vietnam War

Top 7 most famous people died in May 1917

May 1 José Enrique Rodó a Uruguayan essayist. He called for the youth of Latin America to reject materialism, to revert to Greco-Roman habits of free thought and self enrichment, and to develop and concentrate on their culture
May 7 Albert Ball an English fighter pilot during the First World War. At the time of his death he was the United Kingdom's leading flying ace, with 44 victories, and remained its fourth-highest scorer behind Edward Mannock, James McCudden, and George McElroy
May 13 Gustav Jäger (naturalist) a German naturalist and hygienist.
May 17 Radomir Putnik a first Serbian Field Marshal and Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian army in the Balkan Wars and in the First World War. He took part in all of the wars that Serbia waged from 1876 to 1917
May 23 Ranavalona III the last sovereign of the Kingdom of Madagascar. She ruled from July 30, 1883 to February 28, 1897 in a reign marked by ongoing and ultimately futile efforts to resist the colonial designs of the government of France. As a young woman, she was selected from among several Andriana qualified to succeed Queen Ranavalona II upon her death. Like both preceding queens, Ranavalona entered a political marriage with a member of the Hova elite named Rainilaiarivony, who in his role as Prime Minister of Madagascar, largely oversaw the day-to-day governance of the kingdom and managed its foreign affairs. Ranavalona tried to stave off colonization by strengthening trade and diplomatic relations with the United States and Great Britain throughout her reign. French attacks on coastal port towns and an assault on the capital city of Antananarivo ultimately led to the capture of the royal palace in 1895, ending the sovereignty and political autonomy of the century-old kingdom
May 25 Maksim Bahdanovič a famous Belarusian poet, journalist and literary critic.
May 27 Yevgeni Ivanovich Alekseyev an admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy, viceroy of the Russian Far East, and commander-in-chief of Imperial Russian forces at Port Arthur and in Manchuria during the first year of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05.