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Our collection of 1917 news features tales from some of history’s most important events. The Russian Revolution began this year, marking a crucial turning point in politics. Russian Peasants and the working class revolted against Tsar Nicholas II, led by iconic revolutionist Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks. World War I continued to ravage Europe, and the United States stepped forward and declared war on Germany. President Woodrow Wilson was sworn in for a second term, and Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was arrested in Paris on suspicion of being a German spy. Our range of 1917 newspaper articles tell stories of the high points and low points of this exciting year in history. Here’s a table which breaks down some of the key events of 1917

1917 News Headlines

DateEvent
January 10th 1917US President Woodrow Wilson’s December 1916 note is responded to by the Allied Governments, outlining their terms for ending the war.
February 10th 1917Johanna Westerdijk is the Netherlands’ 1st female professor
March 21st 1917Loretta Walsh becomes the 1st female Petty Officer in the US Navy
April 11th 1917Red Sox’s Babe Ruth beats the NY Yankees pitching 3-hit 10-3 win.
May 18th 1917Selective Service Act is passed by US congress. The federal government is now authorised to raise a national army through compulsory enlistment to enter WWI.
June 19th 1917The British Royal Family renounces its German names, along with titles and adopts the name Windsor.
July 28th 1917Writer and Civil Rights Activist, James Weldon Johnson organises a Silent Parade march on 5th Avenue, New York city, where 10,000 African-Americans protest against lynching.
August 28th 1917Ten Suffragists are arrested for picketing the White House.
September 27th 1917Broadhurst Theatre is unveiled in New York city, 235 W 44th St
October 8th 1917Russian Revolutionary, Leon Trotsky is named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as the Bolsheviks gain control.
November 29th 1917The Supreme Allied War Council meets at Versailles to define war aims.
December 18th 1917US congress approve the 18th amendment authorizing prohibition of alcohol, and sent to the states for ratification.
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