On this date in 1917, the first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded.
Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.
Pulitzer Prizes are awarded annually in 21 categories; in 20 of the categories, the winner receives a certificate and $10,000. The winner in the public service category for the journalism competition receives a gold medal.