On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1897

Famous Birthdays

  • Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), born in Wijlre, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1992)

Person of interestThornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder, American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder

1897 Highlights

About April 17, 1897

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 124 years, 3 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aries