On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1924

Historical Events

Sports History

American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, Florida

Famous Birthdays

  • Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent (Operation Long Jump), born in Rostov-on-Don (d. 2012)
  • Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, writer (Murder at FBI) and pianist, born in Independence, Missouri (d. 2008)

Famous Deaths

Henry Bacon

Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), dies at 57

  • Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], Finnish pianist, organist, and composer, dies at 55
1924 Highlights

About February 17, 1924

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 97 years, 9 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius