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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1817 AD

January

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

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

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

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

May 15: Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority, under T Matulesia
May 16: Mississippi River steamboat service begins

June

June 12: Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course
June 24: 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast

July

July 4: Construction on Erie Canal begins
July 12: 1st flower show held, Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland

August

August 18: Gloucester, Massachusetts, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore

September

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

October 9: University of Gent officially opens
October 20: 1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage

November

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

December 10: Mississippi admitted as 20th state
December 16: Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
December 30: 1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona)
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