On This Day

What Happened in 1817

Important Events

  • Jan 18 José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile
  • Mar 8 The New York Stock Exchange is founded
  • Sep 9 Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College
More Historical Events

1817 in Music

  • Jan 25 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) premieres in Rome

World Leaders in 1817

Famous People in 1817

Would You Believe?

60-70ft sea serpent sightings reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts

On August 18, 1817