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This article is about the year 1817.
|Centuries:||18th century – 19th century – 20th century|
|Decades:||1780s 1790s 1800s – 1810s – 1820s 1830s 1840s|
|Years:||1814 1815 1816 – 1817 – 1818 1819 1820|
|1817 in topic:|
|Archaeology – Architecture – Art – Literature – Music|
|Australia – Brazil - Canada – France – Germany – Mexico – Philippines – South Africa – US – UK|
|Rail Transport – Science – Sports|
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|Colonial Governors – State leaders|
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|Ab urbe condita||2570|
|Bahá'í calendar||−27 – −26|
|British Regnal year||57 Geo. 3 – 58 Geo. 3|
|Chinese calendar||丙子年 (Fire Rat)
4513 or 4453
— to —
丁丑年 (Fire Ox)
4514 or 4454
|- Vikram Samvat||1873–1874|
|- Shaka Samvat||1739–1740|
|- Kali Yuga||4918–4919|
|Japanese calendar||Bunka 14
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 12 days|
|Minguo calendar||95 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2360|
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Year 1817 (MDCCCXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar.
- January 1 – Sailing through the Sandwich Islands, Otto von Kotzebue discovers New Year Island.
- January 19 – An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, starts crossing the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru.
- January 20 – Rammohun Roy and David Hare found Hindu College in Kolkata, offering instructions in Western languages and subjects.
- February 12 – Battle of Chacabuco: The Argentine/Chilean patriotic army defeats the Spanish.
- March 3
- March 4 – James Monroe succeeds James Madison as President of the United States of America.
- March 21 - The flag of the Pernambucan Revolt is publicly blessed by the dean of Recife cathedral, Brazil.
- April – An earthquake strikes Palermo, Italy.
- April 3 – Princess Caraboo appears in Almondsbury in Gloucestershire, England.
- April 15 – The American School for the Deaf opens in Hartford, Connecticut.
- April 29 – The Rush-Bagot Treaty is signed.
- May – The General Convention of the Episcopal Church founds the General Theological Seminary while meeting in New York City.
- June 12 – German inventor Karl Drais drives his dandy horse ("Draisine" or Laufmaschine), the earliest form of bicycle, in Mannheim.
- June 25 – A large riot breaks out in Copenhagen Prison; the army is sent to quell it.
- July 4 – At Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
- c. July – Tradesman Jeffery Sedwards establishes the Skibbereen Abstinence Society in Ireland, considered the first organisation devoted to teetotalism in Europe.
- August 15 – By act of the U.S. Congress (March 3), the Alabama Territory is created by splitting the Mississippi Territory in half, on the day the Mississippi constitution is drafted, four months before Mississippi became a State of the United States.
- August 22 – The town of Araraquara, Brazil is founded.
- August 23 – An earthquake near the site of the ancient Greek city of Helike results in 65 deaths.
- October 31 – Emperor Ninkō accedes to the throne of Japan.
- November 5 – Third Anglo-Maratha War breaks out with the Battle of Khadki.
- November 20 – The first Seminole War begins in Florida.
- November 22 – Frédéric Cailliaud discovers the old Roman emerald mines at Sikait, Egypt.
- December 10 – Mississippi is admitted as the 20th U.S. state, formerly the Mississippi Territory.
- First cholera pandemic (1817–24) originates in Bengal, reaching Calcutta by September.
- A typhus epidemic occurs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
- King Ferdinand VII of Spain, by royal decree, makes the production and sale of tobacco a legal endeavor in Cuba, thus sparking the birth of the Cuban cigar industry.
- January 8 – Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (d. 1893)
- February 18 – Lewis Armistead, Confederate general (d. 1863)
- February 19 – King William III of the Netherlands (d. 1890)
- February 22 – Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
- February 24 – Auguste-Alexandre Ducrot, French general (d. 1882)
- March 6 – Clémentine of Orléans, daughter of King Louis-Philippe of France and mother of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (d. 1907)
- March 22 – Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (d. 1876)
- April 15 – Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College (d. 1893)
- May 15 – Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher (d. 1905)
- May 19 – Theodor August Heintzman, Canadian piano manufacturer (d. 1899)
- June 30 – Joseph Dalton Hooker, English botanist (d. 1911)
- July 12 – Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher (d. 1862)
- July 15 – John Fowler, British civil engineer (d. 1898)
- July 24 – Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (d. 1905)
- July 29 – Ivan Aivazovsky, Armenian-Russian painter (d. 1900)
- August 3 – Archduke Albert, Austrian general (d. 1895)
- August 14 – Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (d. 1874)
- August 24 – Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian writer (d. 1875)
- October 10 – Christophorus Buys Ballot, Dutch chemist and meteorologist (d. 1890)
- October 17 – Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (Bahadaur) Founder of the Two Nation Theory for a future Pakistan (d. 1898)
- November 3 – Leonard Jerome, American entrepreneur and grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill (d. 1891)
- November 12 – Bahá'u'lláh, Persian founder of the Bahá'í Faith (d. 1892)
- November 17 – Benjamin Champney, American painter (d. 1907)
- November 30 – Theodor Mommsen, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1903)
- December 23 – Warren Felt Evans, American writer (d. 1889)
- January 12 – Juan Andres, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1740)
- January 16 – Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier (b. 1759)
- March 8 – Anna Maria Lenngren, Swedish writer (b.1754)
- April 2 – Johann Heinrich Jung, German writer (b. 1740)
- April 4 – André Masséna, French marshal (b. 1758)
- April 12 – Charles Messier, French astronomer (b. 1730)
- June 24 – Thomas McKean, American lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1734)
- July 14 – Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, French writer (b. 1766)
- July 18 – Jane Austen, English novelist (b. 1775)
- July 19 – John Palmer, Bath architect (b. c. 1738)
- July 24 – Karađorđe Petrović, Serb leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire, and the founder of the Serbian House of Karađorđević (b. 1768)
- October 13 – Julius Caesar Ibbetson, English artist (b. 1759)
- October 15 – Tadeusz Kościuszko, exiled Polish general and nationalist (b. 1746)
- October 16 – Manuel Piar, Venezuelan military leader (b. 1774)
- November 6 – Princess Charlotte of Wales, English-born princess (b. 1796)
- November 11 – Francisco Javier Mina, Spanish military leader (b. 1789) (executed)
- November 14 – Policarpa Salavarrieta, Colombian spy and revolutionary who worked for the Independence of Colombia (b. 1795)
- November 30 – Jean-Baptiste-Melchior Hertel de Rouville, Canadian politician (b. 1748)
- December 12 – Emperor Tekle Giyorgis I of Ethiopia, (b. c. 1751)
- "An 1820 Claim to Congress: Alabama Territory : 1817", The Intruders, TNGenNet Inc., 2001, quick webpage: TN-537.
- Pernambucan Revolution, 1817, From crwflags.com. Retrieved June 30, 2006.
- Moody, T. W. et al., ed. (1989). A New History of Ireland. 8: A Chronology of Irish History. Oxford University Press. p. 302. ISBN 978-0-19-821744-2.