On December 17, 1830, South American revolutionary
Bolivar died in Colombia. During his lifetime, Bolivar led
successful revolutions against Spanish colonial rule throughout
South America. His efforts led to the independence of the modern-day
nations of Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador and Bolivia, a
nation named in his honor.
On December 17, 1798, the US Senate began its first
impeachment trial. Senator William Blount of Tennessee, a land
speculator, was accused of plotting with England to wrest control of
Florida from Spain. The Senate ultimately dismissed the charges for
lack of jurisdiction - and, perhaps incidentally, lack of Blount,
who had gone to Tennessee and had refused to return to the Senate
for trial. Read more on the attempted
arrest of William Blount.