On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1900

Day of the Week: Monday

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 Skerjanc, Yugoslavia, composer/conductor
  • Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998)