What Happened in August 1814

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Belgian King Willem I accepts blame in Southern defeat
  • Aug 7 Pope Pius VII reinstates the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
  • Aug 8 Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium
  • Aug 13 Cape of Good Hope formally ceded to British by the Dutch
  • Aug 13 Treaty of London-Netherland stops transporting slaves
  • Aug 24 British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)
  • Aug 25 British forces destroy Library of Congress, containing 3,000 books (War of 1812)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Maxcy Gregg, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Aug 8 Esther Hobart Morris, suffragist/anti-slavery activist
  • Aug 10 Jacob Edvard Gille, composer
  • Aug 10 John Clifford Pemberton, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1881)
  • Aug 10 William Lowndes Yancey, MC (Confederacy), (d. 1863)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10 Henri Nestlé, German-Swiss industrialist (founder of Nestlé), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1890)

Founder of Nestlé Henri Nestlé
Founder of Nestlé
Henri Nestlé
  • Aug 13 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (d. 1874)
  • Aug 14 Henry Hayes Lockwood, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Kent County, Delaware (d. 1899)
  • Aug 23 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)
  • Aug 28 Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (The House by the Churchyard), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1873)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 21 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (b. 1753)
  • Aug 31 Arthur Phillip, British admiral, 1st Governor of New South Wales (1788-92), dies at 75