On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1900

Historical Events

  • "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is first published by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by William Wallace Denslow in Chicago
  • British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)
  • In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Nicolai Berezowsky, Russian-American composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1953)
1900 Highlights

About May 17, 1900

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 121 years, 6 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus