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1817John Quincy Adams becomes secretary of State

1817José de San Martín leads a revolutionary army over the Andes to attack Spanish royalists in Chile

1817 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 7
2nd Bank of US opens 
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 Malaysia 
Jan 25
Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome 
Jan 31
Franz Grillparzer's "Die Ahnfrau," premieres in Vienna 
Feb 5
1st US gas co incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights) 
Feb 17
1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore) 
Mar 2
1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn 
Mar 3
Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi 
Mar 8
The New York Stock Exchange is founded. 
Mar 25
Tsar Alexander I recommends formation of Society of Israeli Christians 
Apr 15
1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn) 
Apr 17
1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn) 
Apr 22
Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight 
May 15
Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura) 
May 15
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
May 16
Mississippi River steamboat service begins 
Jun 24
1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast 
Jul 4
Construction on Erie Canal begins at Rome, NY 
Jul 4
Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, one of the first great engineering works in North America 
Jul 12
1st flower show held (Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland) 
Jul 12
Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course 
Aug 18
Gloucester, Mass, newspapers tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore 
Sep 9
Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College 
Sep 22
John Quincy Adams becomes secretary of State 
Oct 9
University of Gent officially opens 
Oct 20
1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage 
Nov 20
First Seminole War begins in Florida 
Nov 25
First sword swallower in US performs (NYC) 
Nov 27
US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War 
Dec 10
Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union 
Dec 16
Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon 
Dec 30
1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona) 
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