On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1900

Day of the Week: Thursday

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)