Interesting facts about 1917 when Dame Vera Lynn was born
PUBLISHED: 16:54 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:59 20 March 2017
Dame Vera Lynn, who was born in East Ham and lived in Barking, has turned 100 today.
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 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.
• 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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