On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1899

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 (d. 1947)

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)

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? 121 years, 10 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Capricorn