On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1899

Historical Events

  • US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific

Famous Birthdays

Al Capone

Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

  • Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England (d. 1960)
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educator/civil libertarian
  • Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)

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? 122 years, 10 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Capricorn