April 1917 calendar

April 1917

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1917.
The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Lloyd George (Liberal), Pope Benedict XV was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1917: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1917?


  • 02 Apr 1917 Jeannette Rankin becomes 1st women member of US House of Reps
  • 03 Apr 1917 Lenin leaves Switzerland for Petrograd.
  • 06 Apr 1917 World War I: The United States declares war on Germany (see President Woodrow Wilson's address to Congress).
  • 09 Apr 1917 Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops.
  • 10 Apr 1917 Munition factory explosion at Eddystone Pennsylvania, kills 133 workers.
  • 11 Apr 1917 Babe Ruth beats New York Yankees, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Boston Red Sox.
  • 12 Apr 1917 Domenico Scarlatti and Jean Cocteau's ballet premieres in Rome.
  • 14 Apr 1917 Chicago White Sox Ed Cicotte no-hits Saint Louis Browns, 11-0.
  • 16 Apr 1917 Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution.
  • 19 Apr 1917 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of New York in 2:28:37.2.
  • 20 Apr 1917 Pravda (Lenin names Russia "Free land of world").
  • 24 Apr 1917 Congress passes the First Liberty Bond Act.

Famous Birthday

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    American singer, a vocalist with an incredible velvety voice, producing equally beautiful sounds regardless of whether she was singing scat,...

  • Celeste Holm

    American actress, singer, pianist and entertainer born to Norwegian parents.

  • French prima ballerina and actress, the étoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, and later its director.

  • French singer and music producer.

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Famous Deaths

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1917?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - How's Every Little Thing in Dixie?
  2. - Poor Butterfly
  3. - Put On Your Slippers & Fill Up Your Pipe (You're Not Going Bye-Bye Tonight
  4. - Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile
  5. - Pray for Sunshine


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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A Mormon Maid

A Mormon Maid

Release year: 1917

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Mae Murray, Frank Borzage, Hobart Bosworth, Edythe Chapman

Country: United States of America

Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation

Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation

Release year: 1917

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton, William P.S. Earle

Starring: Alice Joyce, Harry T. Morey, Naomi Childers, Joseph Kilgour

Teddy at the Throttle

Teddy at the Throttle

Release year: 1917

Directed by: Clarence G. Badger

Starring: Bobby Vernon, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery, May Emory

The Devil's Assistant

The Devil's Assistant

Release year: 1917

Directed by: Harry A. Pollard

Starring: Margarita Fischer, Monroe Salisbury, Kathleen Kirkham, Jack Mower

The Cure

The Cure

Release year: 1917

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Henry Bergman