On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1900

Historical Events

  • 1st prize of 100,000 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy.
  • New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million
  • Pope Leo XIII closes the 'Holy Door' of St Peter's in Rome, ending the Jubilee Year of 1900

Famous Birthdays

  • Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (La femme nue), born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1973)
  • Lucijan Marija Ċ kerjajanc, Slovene pianist/composer/conductor/teacher, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1973)
  • Mary Cartwright, English mathematician, born in Aynho, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
1900 Highlights

About December 17, 1900

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 119 years, 7 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Sagittarius