Historical Events in 1817

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  • Jan 7 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Jan 18 José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • Jan 22 British freighter Diana sinks off Malaya
  • Jan 25 Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome
  • Jan 31 Franz Grillparzer's "Die Ahnfrau" premieres in Vienna
  • Feb 5 1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • Feb 17 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
  • Mar 2 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn
  • Mar 3 Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi
  • Mar 8 The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
  • Mar 25 Tsar Alexander I recommends formation of Society of Israeli Christians
  • Apr 15 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn)
  • Apr 17 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
  • Apr 22 Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight
  • 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
  • Jun 24 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast
  • Jul 4 Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, (Rome, New York), one of the first great engineering works in North America
  • Jul 12 1st flower show held (Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland)
  • Jul 12 Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course
  • Aug 18 Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore
  • Sep 9 Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College

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Sep 22 John Quincy Adams becomes US Secretary of State

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • Oct 9 University of Gent officially opens
  • Oct 20 1st Mississippi "Showboat" leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
  • Nov 20 First Seminole War begins in Florida
  • Nov 25 First sword swallower in US performs (NYC)
  • Nov 27 US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War
  • Dec 10 Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union
  • Dec 16 Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
  • Dec 30 1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona)