On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1859

Historical Events

MurderMurder of Interest

James Donnelly is sentenced to hang for murdering Patrick Farrell, but a petition for clemency reduces his sentence to 7 years in Kingston Penitentiary

Squatter James Donnelly
James Donnelly

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton

Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Dawson Adams, Canadian geologist, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1942)
  • Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, born in Albany, New York (d. 1933)
1859 Highlights

About September 17, 1859

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 161 years, 10 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Virgo