What Happened on September 17, 1819

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • First whaling ship arrives in Hawaii

Famous Birthdays

  • Leon Foucault, French physicist (pendulum proved Earth rotates), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president (Republic South Africa)
  • Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st US Vice President (D); died in office in 1885