On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1920

Historical Events

  • First day of prohibition of alcohol comes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution
  • Paul Deschanel elected President of France

Famous Birthdays

  • George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
1920 Highlights

About January 17, 1920

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 100 years, 10 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Capricorn