January 17, 1899 in History

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Events in History

  • US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific

Birthdays in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins, US, educator/civil libertarian
  • Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)