December 17, 1900 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History

  • 1st prize of 100,000 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy
  • New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million
  • Pope Leo XIII closes the 'Holy Door' of St Peter's in Rome, ending the Jubilee Year of 1900

Birthdays in History

  • Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998)