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Interesting facts about 1917 when Dame Vera Lynn was born

PUBLISHED: 16:54 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:59 20 March 2017

"Forces sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn is 100-years-old today. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry

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Dame Vera Lynn, who was born in East Ham and lived in Barking, has turned 100 today.

Sir Sir " Winston Churchill was appointed Minister of Munitions

Here’s a look at some interesting things that happened in the year of 1917 - when she was born.

• David Lloyd George was prime minister.

• King George V was in power.

• The average house cost £195, which in today’s money is £15,249.

The Silvertown explosion claimed 73 livesThe Silvertown explosion claimed 73 lives

• The average salary was £101, which equates to £7,901 today.

• The average car would set you back £250 in 1917. This would be £19,950 in today’s money.

• America entered World War One on April 6.

• Silvertown explosion - a blast at a munitions factory in London killed 73 and injured more than 400.

The First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, arriving at No.10 Downing Street in a Ford Model A.The First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, arriving at No.10 Downing Street in a Ford Model A.

• Canadian troops won the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April.

• The Russian Revolution took place.

• A litre of fuel was 4p, which in today’s money is £3.08.

• Ten suffragists were arrested at the White House on August, 28.

• Winston Churchill was appointed Minister of Munitions.

• It took five days to get from London to New York and three and a half months to travel from London to Australia.

• New York State allowed women to vote on November, 6.

• A Boeing aircraft flew for the first time on June 15.

• America paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

• British battleship HMS Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow, killing 804 on July 9.

• Hit song, Over There by Nora Bayes, was released before going on to be the most popular song in the First World War

• The Ford Model T was the most popular car in 1917.

• Cleopatra was the best selling film that year.


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