1817 in History
January 7 2nd Bank of U.S. opens
January 18 San Martin leads a revolutionary army over Andes
January 22 English freighter Diana sinks off Malaysia
January 25 Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome
January 31 Franz Grillparzer's "Die Ahnfrau," premieres in Vienna
February 5 1st U.S. gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
February 17 Baltimore is the 1st U.S. city lit by gas
March 2 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn
March 3 Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi
March 25 Tsar Alexander I recommends formation of Society of Israeli Christians
April 15 1st American school for the deaf opens in Hartford, Connecticut
April 17 1st U.S. school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
April 22 Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight
May 15 Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority, under T Matulesia
May 16 Mississippi River steamboat service begins
June 12 Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course
June 24 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast
July 4 Construction on Erie Canal begins
July 12 1st flower show held, Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland
August 18 Gloucester, Massachusetts, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore
September 9 Alexander Lucius Twilight, probably 1st black to graduate from U.S. college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College
September 22 John Quincy Adams becomes Secretary of State
October 9 University of Gent officially opens
October 20 1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
November 20 1st Seminole War begins in Florida
November 25 1st sword swallower in U.S. performs (New York City)
November 27 U.S. soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War
December 10 Mississippi admitted as 20th state
December 16 Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
December 30 1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona)