On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1816

Historical Events

  • "L'Argus" accidentally discovers raft holding survivors from wrecked French frigate "Méduse." After 13 days at sea only 15 of 151 remain, the rest having been cannibalised, murdered, or committed suicide. This event was made famous by Théodore Gericault’s painting "The Raft of the Medusa"
1816 Highlights

About July 17, 1816

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 204 years and 6 months
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Cancer