Events in year of 1817

  • 01-072nd Bank of US opens
  • 01-22English freighter Diana sinks off Malaysia
  • 02-051st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
  • 02-171st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
  • 03-021st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn
  • 03-03Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi
  • 03-25Tsar Alexander I recommends formation of Society of Israeli Christians
  • 04-151st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn)
  • 04-171st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
  • 04-22Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight
  • 05-15Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority, under T Matulesia
  • 05-16Mississippi River steamboat service begins
  • 06-241st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast
  • 07-04Construction on Erie Canal begins
  • 07-121st flower show held (Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland)
  • 07-12Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course
  • 08-18Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore
  • 09-09Alexander Lucius Twilight, probably 1st black to graduate from US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College
  • 09-22John Quincy Adams becomes Secretary of State
  • 10-09University of Gent officially opens
  • 10-201st Mississippi "Showboat, " leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
  • 11-201st Seminole War begins in Florida
  • 11-251st sword swallower in US performs (NYC)
  • 11-27US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War
  • 12-10Mississippi admitted as 20th state
  • 12-16Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
  • 12-301st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona)

People born in year of 1817

  • 01-08John Selden Roane: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1867
  • 01-14Harmen S Sytstra: Dutch poet / editor (Iduna)
  • 01-15Lewis Golding Arnold: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1871
  • 01-18Jacques Gregoir: Composer
  • 01-31Antony Winkler Prins: Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • 02-02John Glover: English chemist (sulfuric acid)
  • 02-02Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura: Composer
  • 02-03Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent: Composer
  • 02-03Samuel Ryan Curtis: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1866
  • 02-07Leroy Pope Walker: US lawyer / Confederate Minister of War (1861)
  • 02-08Richard Stoddert Ewell: Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), died in 1872
  • 02-14Frederick Douglass: African-American abolitionist / lecturer / editor
  • 02-15Charles F Daubigny: French restauranteur / painter
  • 02-18Lewis Addison Armistead: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863
  • 02-18Walter Page Lane: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1892
  • 02-19Willem III: Last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90)
  • 02-21Jose Zorrilla y Moral: Vallodolid, Spain -- Poet / dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • 02-22Niels Wilhelm Gade: Danish violinist / composer / conductor
  • 02-23George Watts: London, England -- Painter
  • 02-28James Craig: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1888
  • 03-05Austen H Layard: British archaeologist / diplomat
  • 03-19Lewis Henry Little: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862
  • 03-22Braxton Bragg: Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1876
  • 03-24Aime Maillart: Composer
  • 03-26Herman Haupt: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1905
  • 03-28Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras: Composer
  • 03-29Constantine S Aksakov: Russian historian / poet
  • 04-01Johannes J van Oosterzee: Dutch theologist
  • 04-02Teodulo Mabellini: Composer
  • 04-04John Wilson Sprague: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1893

People died in year of 1817

  • 01-01Martin H Klaproth: German chemist (uranium), dies at 73
  • 01-14Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny: Composer, dies at 87
  • 01-16Antonin Josef Alois Volanek: Composer, dies at 55
  • 01-28Friedrich Ludwig Emilius Kunzen: Composer, dies at 55
  • 02-09Franz Wilhelm Tausch: Composer, dies at 54
  • 02-18Giacomo Quarenghi: Master builder (Hermitage Theater), dies at 72
  • 02-20Martin de Ron: Composer, dies at 27
  • 03-01Luigi Gatti: Composer, dies at 77
  • 03-13Matej Sojka: Composer, dies at 77
  • 03-18Johann Jakob Walder: Composer, dies at 67
  • 04-06Bonaventura Furlanetto: Composer, dies at 78
  • 04-12Charles Messier: "comet ferret" and catalogs famous "M objects"
  • 05-21Johann Friedrich Christmann: Composer, dies at 64
  • 06-18Joannes Siberg: Governor-General of the Netherlands Indies (1801-05)
  • 06-23Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth: Composer, dies at 63
  • 06-30Abraham Gottlob Werner: German geologist
  • 07-18Jane Austen: Writer
  • 09-09Paul Cuffe: Civil rights activist (Sierre Leone), dies at 58
  • 10-12Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel: Composer, dies at 66
  • 10-15Tadeusz AB Kosciusko: Polish Lieutenant General / freedom fighter
  • 10-16Manuel C Piar: Curacaos / Venezulian freedom writer
  • 11-01Giovanni Calisto Andrea Zanotti: Composer, dies at 79
  • 11-07Francesco Pasquale Ricci: Composer, dies at 85
  • 11-08Andrea Appiana: Italian royal Painter of Napoleon, dies at 63
  • 12-01Justin Heinrich Knechtl: Composer, dies at 65
  • 12-07William Bligh: British naval officer of "Bounty" fame, dies at 63
  • 12-11Max von Schenkendorf: German poet, dies at 34
  • 12-15Maria Walewska [Leszczinska]: Lover of Emperor Napoleon I

Events in year of 1818

  • 01-01Official reopening of the White House
  • 01-30Keats composes his sonnet, "When I Have Fears"
  • 02-071st successful US educational magazine "Academician, " begins (NYC)
  • 02-12Chile gains independence from Spain
  • 02-17Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
  • 03-18Congress approves 1st pensions for government service
  • 04-04Congress decided US flag is 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars
  • 04-07Gen Andrew Jackson conquers St. Marks, Florida from Seminole indians
  • 04-14US Medical Corp forms
  • 04-16Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
  • 04-28Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes and Lake Champlain
  • 05-04Netherlands and England sign treaty against illegal slave handling
  • 05-11Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0
  • 05-24Gen Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida
  • 05-281st steam-vessel to sail Great Lakes launched
  • 06-03Maratha Wars between British and Maratha Confederacy in India ends
  • 08-22Grand duchy of Bathe forms
  • 09-30Congress of Aken: Russia, Austria, Prussia, France and England
  • 10-082 English boxers are 1st to use padded gloves
  • 10-09Congress of Aken returns to France from Libya
  • 10-19US and Chicasaw Indians sign a treaty
  • 10-2049th parallel forms as border between US and Canada
  • 10-20US and Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country
  • 10-24Felix Mendelssohn, 9, performs his 1st public concert (Berlin)
  • 12-03Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission day)
  • 12-24"Silent Night" composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; 1st sung next day
  • 12-24Franz Xaver Gruber composes "Silent Night"
  • 12-251st known Christmas carol ("Silent Night, Holy Night") sung (Austria)

People born in year of 1818

  • 01-11John Reese Kenly: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1891
  • 01-17Antoine Dorion: (L) joint Premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
  • 01-18Johannes van Vloten: Dutch literary / theologist
  • 01-28George Sewall Boutwell: MC (Union), died in 1905
  • 01-31William Raine Peck: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
  • 02-06William Maxwell Evarts: (Union), died in 1901
  • 02-08Austin Blair: Gov / MC (Union), died in 1894
  • 02-10Isham Green Harris: Gov (Confederacy), died in 1897
  • 02-12Otto Ludwig: German writer (Die Heiterethei)
  • 02-23Jeremy F Gilmer: Major General / Chief Engineer Confederate War Department
  • 03-10George Wythe Randolph: Confederate States Secretary of War, died in 1867
  • 03-11John Wilkins Whitfield: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1879
  • 03-12John Lorimar Worden: Captain (Union Navy), died in 1897
  • 03-13Albion Parris Howe: Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1897
  • 03-23Don Carlos Buell: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1898
  • 03-25Isaac Ingalls Stevens: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
  • 03-27Jakob Axel Josephson: Composer
  • 03-28Wade Hampton: South Carolina, United States -- Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), died in 1902
  • 04-05Lewis Baldwin Parsons: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 04-06Francis Henry Brown: Composer
  • 04-08Christaan IX: King of Denmark (1863-1906)
  • 04-22Cadwallader Colden Washburn: Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 04-23James Anthony Froude: Historian
  • 04-23John Gill Shorter: Gov (Confederacy), died in 1872
  • 04-25Marek Konrad Sokolowski: Composer
  • 04-29Alexander II N Romanov: Tsar of Russia (1855-81)
  • 05-20William George Fargo: Founder (Wells Fargo)
  • 05-25Jacob Burckhardt: Switzerland -- Cultural historian
  • 05-28Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard: US Confederate General (Hero of Sumter)
  • 05-31John Albion Andrew: Gov (Union), died in 1867

People died in year of 1818

  • 01-01Fedele Fenaroli: Composer, dies at 87
  • 02-01Giuseppi Gazzaniga: Composer, dies at 74
  • 02-14John C Hespe: Dutch journalist / politician, dies at 61
  • 02-15Charles XIII: King of Sweden (1809-18) / Norway (1814-18), dies at 69
  • 02-28Adriaan Loosjes Pzn: Dut publisher / writer (Moral Stories), dies at 56
  • 03-23Nicolas Isouard: Composer, dies at 42
  • 03-28Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi: Composer, dies at 62
  • 04-18Pieter PJQ Ondaatje: Ceylon / Dutch lawyer, dies at 59
  • 05-02Herman W Daendels: Governor-General of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
  • 05-07Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh: Composer, dies at 70
  • 05-08Franz Ignaz Kaa: Composer, dies at 78
  • 05-10Paul Revere: American patriot
  • 05-26Michael A Barclay de Tolly: Russian Field Marshal / War Minister
  • 06-04John van Well: Choreographer / mime (Pierrot), dies at 44
  • 06-29Carl P Fohr: German Painter / cartoonist, dies at 22
  • 08-22Warren Hastings: 1st Governor-General of India (1773-84), dies at 85
  • 08-28Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable: Trader, founder of Chicago
  • 09-18Olaf Swaertz: Botanist
  • 10-22Joachim H Campe: German theory / author, dies at 72
  • 10-28Abigail Adams: 2nd first lady (1797-1801), dies at 73
  • 11-17Charlotte Sophia von Mecklenburg-Strelitz: Queen of England
  • 12-05Bruno Daalberg / Anonymus Belga: Secretary of High Council Adel, dies at 60
  • 12-31Jean-Pierre Duport: Composer, dies at 77