On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1890

Famous Deaths


Person of interestChristopher Latham Sholes

Christopher Latham Sholes, American newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter, dies of tuberculosis at 71

Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard Christopher Latham Sholes
Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard
Christopher Latham Sholes

1890 Highlights

About February 17, 1890

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 130 years, 11 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius