On This Day

December 1817 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 10 Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union
  • Dec 16 Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (Geschichte des ersten Kreuzzugs), born in Düsseldorf, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1895)
  • Dec 8 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (Council President of Denmark 1865-70), born in Frijsenborg, Denmark (d. 1896)
  • Dec 19 James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1864)

Deaths in History


Person of interestWilliam Bligh

Dec 7 William Bligh, British naval officer of "HMS Bounty" fame, dies at 63

Naval Commander William Bligh
Naval Commander
William Bligh
  • Dec 11 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, dies at 34
  • Dec 12 Emperor Tekle Giyorgis I of Ethiopia, (b. about 1751)
  • Dec 15 Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], lover of emperor Napoleon I, dies