On This Day

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 of the Republic South Africa, born in Graaff Reinet, Cape Colony (d. 1901)