On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1897

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland


Famous Birthdays

  • Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist (Nobel 1969 - the study of the three-dimensional geometric structure of molecules), born in Kristiana, Norway (d. 1981)
1897 Highlights

About May 17, 1897

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 122 years and 8 months
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus