On This Day

What Happened in January 1817

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 22 British freighter Diana sinks off Malaya

Music Premiere

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

  • Jan 31 Franz Grillparzer's "Die Ahnfrau" premieres in Vienna

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 8 John Selden Roane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • Jan 8 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1893)
  • Jan 14 Harmen Sytstra, Dutch poet & editor (Iduna), born in Mullum, Netherlands (d. 1862)
  • Jan 15 Lewis Golding Arnold, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1871)
  • Jan 18 Jacques Gregoir, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1876)
  • Jan 31 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Martin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist (discovered uranium), dies at 73
  • Jan 12 Juan Andres, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1740)
  • Jan 14 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, French composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Antonín Volánek, Czech organist and composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 16 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen, German composer, dies at 55