What Happened on September 17, 1859

Historical Events

Murder 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

Historic Event

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


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? 163 years, 2 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Virgo