This day, in 1767, 15-year-old Midshipman Robert Pitcairn, on board the British sloop (a small square-rigged sailing warship) HMS Swallow, sighted the islands which were to take his name.
Pitcairn Island went on to achieve notoriety in 1790, when nine mutineers from Captain Bligh's HMS Bounty and their Tahitian companions settled there and set fire to the stolen ship. They'd long since set Captain Bligh and a few loyal men adrift in a seven-meter (23 foot) launch.
About 50 people live on the island, some of whom are thought to be descendants of the original settlers.
Because we wish we could find ourselves washed up on a lovely island, just for a day or two, today we'll be drinking an Islander.