What Happened on January 17, 1899

Historical Events

  • US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific

Famous Birthdays

Al CaponeAl Capone (1899-1947)

American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England (d. 1960)
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educational philosopher (University of Chicago), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • Roel Houwink, Dutch writer and poet (1 Man Without Character), born in Breda (d. 1987)
Born in 1899

Famous Deaths

  • Jedediah Hotchkiss, American topographer and cartographer, dies at 70
1899 Highlights

About January 17, 1899

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 124 years, 4 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Capricorn