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September 17, 1859 in History

Day of the Week: Saturday

Events in History

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

Birthdays in History

  • Frank Dawson Adams, Canadian geologist, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1942)
1859 in History