On This Day

January 17, 1899 in History

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Events in History

  • US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific

Birthdays in History

Person of interestAl Capone

Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educator/civil libertarian
  • Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)

Deaths in History

  • Jedediah Hotchkiss, American topographer and cartographer, dies at 70
1899 in History