On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1819

Historical Events

  • First whaling ship arrives in Hawaii

Famous Birthdays

  • Leon Foucault, French physicist whose pendulum proved that the Earth rotates, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president of the Republic South Africa, born in Graaff Reinet, Cape Colony (d. 1901)
1819 Highlights

About September 17, 1819

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 202 years, 2 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Virgo