1917What made the news a hundred years ago in 1917? The biggest crises involved World War I. Here’s a quick look at the year.
- Under President Woodrow Wilson the United States entered WWI against Germany and its allies.
- National Geographic published a stirring photo of thousands of Americans pledging their support to the President and American flag by resolution in Philadelphia.
- The United States implemented the military draft for WWI.
- The U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia was commissioned.
- John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was born.
- The United States bought the Virgin Islands (then known as the Danish West Indies) for $25 million in gold.
- Thousands of African Americans participated in a Silent March for civil rights organized by the NAACP down Fifth Avenue in New York City.
- Germany carried out the deadliest of its many air raids on London.
- The British royal family changed their name from the Germanic name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor.
- German spy Mata Hari was executed by firing squad.
- Sun Yat-Sen came into power in China.
- Bolsheviks Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Leon Trotsky seized power in Russia.
- In New York City 20,000 women marched in support of the right to vote.
- During a food crisis 400 women with babies stormed New York City Hall demanding action about the drastically rising cost of food. As an example, breakfast for four had doubled from 49 cents to $1.02.
- Price of a loaf of bread averaged 9 cents; price of a postage stamp rose to 3 cents.
- The 18th amendment was passed, prohibiting alcohol.
- The Virgin Mary appeared to a number of children in Fatima, Portugal.
What do you think of these fast facts of 1917? What would you like and dislike about living a hundred years ago in the so-called good ole days?
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance