What Happened in December 1814

Historical Events

  • Dec 14 The Battle of Lake Borgne in Louisiana: British victory over the United States
  • Dec 22 Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society arrives in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to establish the country's first mission station; Sheep, cattle, horses and poultry are introduced
  • Dec 24 Treaty of Ghent (end of US-Britain War of 1812) signed
  • Dec 25 Rev Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society holds the first Christian service in New Zealand on land, at Rangihoua
  • Dec 27 Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 August Rockel, composer
  • Dec 19 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, Ohio, US Secretary of War (1861-65)
  • Dec 25 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/founder (Coop of Welfare of the People)
  • Dec 27 James Henry Carleton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1873)

Famous Deaths

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Dec 2 Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and writer (Justine), dies at 74. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • Dec 9 Jose Angel Lamas, composer, dies at 39
  • Dec 13 Charles Joseph Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal/author, dies at 79
  • Dec 19 Joseph Bramah, Inventor and Locksmith, notably invented the beer pump