On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1917

Historical Events

  • US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)

Famous Birthdays

  • M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor & politician, born in Kandy, Sri Lanka (d. 1987)
  • Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), born in Světlá nad Sázavou, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (d. 2007)
  • Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso, born in Colchagua, Chile (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician, dies at 70
1917 Highlights

About January 17, 1917

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 103 years, 10 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Capricorn