On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1837

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality

Geologist Charles Lyell
Charles Lyell

Famous Birthdays

  • Francis Jay Herron, American Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1902)
  • Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws)
1837 Highlights

About February 17, 1837

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 184 years, 5 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aquarius