Category: Today 100 years ago

June 5, 1917 : Great National Lottery Day

In spite of all the stratagems to convince men to voluntarily join the War effort, there were not enough new recruits to meet the demand. To solve this, Congress passed the Selective Service Act of 1917 on May 18, 1917. The act required that all men between the ages of 21-30 must register though later with…

April 19, 1917: Wake Up America Day

With the declaration of war came the need for troops to fight it. Before April 6, 1917, the Army had 133,000 Regular Army soldiers and 80,000 National Guard,  the Navy had 52,000 sailors, and the Marine Corps numbered 15,000. More people were needed for war. A full-scale recruiting effort was launched quickly. According to The New…