What Happened in May 1814

Historical Events

  • May 4 Bourbon reign restored in France
  • May 4 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
  • May 5 British attack Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY
  • May 17 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day)
  • May 17 Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll
  • May 17 Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian.

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 30 Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition - the Treaty of Paris (1814) is signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, violinist/composer
  • May 8 Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin, anarchist
  • May 9 Adolph von Henselt, composer
  • May 14 Charles Beyer, German-British locomotive engineer (d. 1876)
  • May 30 Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (d. 1894)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 George Joseph Vogler, composer, dies at 64
  • May 7 Franz Volrath Buttstett, composer, dies at 79
  • May 12 Robert Treat Paine, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 83
  • May 29 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14), dies of pneumonia aged 50