What Happened in May 1817

Historical Events

  • May 15 Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
  • May 15 Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • May 16 Mississippi River steamboat service begins

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Zikmund Michal Kolesovsky, composer
  • May 5 George Washington Julian, MC (Union), (d. 1899)
  • May 11 Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • May 14 Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (d. 1893)
  • May 15 Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
  • May 18 James William Denver, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1892)
  • May 31 Edouard Deldevez, composer
  • May 31 Georg Herwegh, German poet, born in Stuttgart (d. 1875)

Famous Deaths

  • May 21 Johann Friedrich Christmann, composer, dies at 64