Each year is full of impactful events and information that holds importance for the past, present, and future. For the year 1917, such events are the United States purchasing the Danish West Indies, the United States officially declaring war on Germany during World War I, the Parliament of Finland dissolving, Finland's declaration of independence from Russia, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
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January 22, 1917
President Woodrow Wilson declares that World War I should cease without having an ultimate victor, attempting to put a stop to all war-related violence in what is know as his "Peace without Victory" speech.
January 25, 1917
San Francisco holds an anti-prostitution drive in which 200 or more prostitution houses are closed by police.
January 28, 1917
The search for Pancho Villa is ended by the United States.
February 3, 1917
Diplomatic relations with Germany are severed by the United States during World War I.
March 31, 1917
The United States purchase the Danish West Indies from Denmark for $25 million, which later become the US Virgin Islands.
April 2, 1917
A declaration of war on Germany is requested by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson from the U.S. Congress during World War I.
April 6, 1917
The United States officially declares war on Germany in World War I.
May 18, 1917
The Selective Service Act, giving the President the power of conscription, passes the United States Congress.
June 13, 1917
162 are left dead and 432 injured after the first major German bombing raid on London.
June 15, 1917
The Espionage Act is enacted by the United States.
June 29, 1917
The Allies gain Greece on their side during World War I.
July 1, 1917
A race riot in St. Louis, Illinois is the result of labor disputes, ending in the death of 250 people.
July 25, 1917
The first income tax in Canada is introduced as a "temporary" measure by Sir William Thomas White.
July 28, 1917
The NAACP organizes the Silent Parade in New York City protesting the East St. Louis Riot of July 2 and the lynchings in Tennessee and Texas.
Oklahoma experiences the Green Corn Rebellion which consisted of an uprising by several hundred farmers against the World War I draft.
September 14, 1917
The Provisional Government declares Russia a republic.
October 23, 1917
Brazil is encouraged to enter World War I when a German U-Boat destroys a Brazilian ship.
November 15, 1917
The Parliament of Finland dissolves their 108-year-old union with Russia by declaring itself holder of sovereignty.