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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Pope Leo XIII closes the 'Holy Door' of St Peter's in Rome, ending the Jubilee Year of 1900

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope

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? 120 years, 7 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Sagittarius