Top News Stories from 1917
Population: 4.378 billionpopulation by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: International Red CrossMore World Statistics...
- First U.S. combat troops arrive in France as U.S. declares war on Germany (April 6). Background: World War I
- Third Battle of Ypresis fought. Background: World War I
- World-wide influenza pandemic strikes; by 1920, nearly 20 million are dead. In U.S. alone, 500,000 perish. Background: Major U.S. Epidemics
- Dutch dancer Mata Hari is convicted and executed as a German spy.
- Government offices are seized and the Romanov's Winter Palace is stormed in Russian October Revolution.
President: Woodrow Wilson
Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall
Population: 103,268,000More U.S. Statistics...
- U.S. declares war with Germany (Apr. 6). Background: World War I
- "I Want You." James Montgomery Flagg's poster, featuring Uncle Sam and based on a 1914 British poster, attracts thousands of U.S. recruits to WWI duty.
- Between ten thousand and fifteen thousand blacks silently walk down New York City's Fifth Avenue to protest racial discrimination and violence (July 28). Background: civil rights
Federal spending: $1.95 billion
Consumer Price Index: $12.8
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02 ($0.03 as of 11/3/17)
World SeriesChicago White Sox d. NY Giants (4-2)
Stanley CupSeattle Metropolitans (PCHA)
Kentucky Derby ChampionOmar Khayyam
NCAA Football ChampionsGeorgia Tech (9-0-0)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Karl Gjellerup (Denmark) and Henrik Pontoppidan (Denmark)More Entertainment Awards...
- The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded for editorial writing, reporting, history of the United States, and biography or autobiography.
- The first op-ed page appears in the New York Times.
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: None awarded
Physics: Charles G. Barkla (UK), for discovery of Roentgen radiation of the elementsMore Nobel Prizes in 1998...