On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1891

Famous Birthdays

  • Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • Norman "Squab" Read, American aviator who lived to be 101
  • Walter Eucken, German economist

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGeorge Bancroft

George Bancroft, American historian and father of U.S. History, dies at 90

Father of U.S. History George Bancroft
Father of U.S. History
George Bancroft
  • Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74
1891 Highlights

About January 17, 1891

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 130 years and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Capricorn