Why Famous: Christian was a master's mate aboard the HMS Bounty on its voyage to Tahiti under Lieutenant William Bligh, which set out in 1787.
In a famous mutiny, Christian seized command of the ship from Bligh on the April 28, 1789. While some of the mutineers remained in Tahiti, Christian and several others—along with some Tahitian men and women—settled on Pitcairn Island.
There him and the mutineers settled, and today most those of the Pitcairn and Norfolk islanders bearing his name are descendants of him and his Tahitian wife.
- 1789-04-28 Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh in the South Pacific