What Happened on January 17, 1899

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific

Famous Birthdays

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, American educator/civil libertarian
  • Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)