This article is a date listing important events for the year 1917.
- Daughters of the American Revolution founded a scholarship in the University of Virginia College department that insured an annual income of thirty dollars, and a maximum tenure of one year. Its holder must have graduated from the Charlottesville High School, with the highest mark of his class; and he must also be a resident of the town or the county.
- November 5 – The U.S. Supreme Court decided in Buchanan v. Warley, that residential segregation or ordinances were unconstitutional.
- December 18 – The amendment to establish the prohibition of "intoxicating liquors" in the United States was proposed by Congress. The 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment was ratified by the requisite number of states on January 16, 1919.