On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1900

Historical Events

  • 1st date in John dos Passos' USA trilogy (The 42nd Parallel)
  • British protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria are established
  • Compulsory education in Netherlands goes into effect

Famous Birthdays

  • Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (d. 1986)
  • Hubert van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF Trucks), born in America, Dutch Limburg, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • Xavier Cugat, Spanish American bandleader (married Abbe Lane, Charo), born in Girona, Catalonia (d. 1990)
1900 Highlights

About January 1, 1900

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 121 years, 11 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Capricorn