On This Day

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 interestAl Capone

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)