1815 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 3 France, the United Kingdom, and Austria form an alliance against Russia and Prussia
  • Jan 8 Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on 24th December 1814 but none of the combatants knew
  • Jan 15 War of 1812: the USS President, an American frigate, is captured by four British frigates

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Jan 30 Burned US Library of Congress re-established with Thomas Jefferson's 6,500 volumes

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • Feb 3 World's first commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland
  • Feb 6 NJ issues 1st US railroad charter (John Stevens)
  • Feb 13 The Cambridge Union Society is founded.

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Feb 26 Napoleon Bonaparte and his supporters leave Elba to start a 100 day re-conquest of France

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Mar 1 Sunday observance in Netherlands regulated by law
  • Mar 2 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King.
  • Mar 3 US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute
  • Mar 16 Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium
  • Mar 20 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
  • Mar 24 Handel & Haydn Society of Boston founded
  • Apr 5 Eruption of Tambora volcano (Sumbawa Java)
  • Apr 6 British militia shoots prisoners, 100's killed
  • Apr 10 Austria declares war on realm of Naples
  • May 3 Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats king Joachim of Naples
  • May 16 The Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, officially names the town of Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains.
  • May 24 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
  • Jun 1 Napoleon Bonaparte swears fidelity to the Constitution of France.
  • Jun 8 39 German states unite under Act of Confederation
  • Jun 9 End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set.
  • Jun 16 Battle at Ligny: French army under Napoleon beats Prussia
  • Jun 16 Battle at Quatre-Bras: allies strike French
  • Jun 17 Stephen Decatur conquers Algerian frigate Mashouda
  • Jun 18 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher
  • Jun 22 2nd abdication of Napoleon (after Waterloo)
  • Jun 30 US naval hero Stephen Decatur ends attacks by Algerian pirates
  • Jul 9 1st natural gas well in US is discovered

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Jul 9 King Louis XVIII leaves Ghent for France

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
  • Jul 9 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Benevente becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • Jul 15 Napoleon surrenders to Captain Frederick Maitland of HMS Bellerophon at Rochefort after his earlier defeat at the Battle of Waterloo
  • Aug 6 US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli
  • Aug 9 Napoleon Bonaparte sets sail for exile on St Helena on board British ship the Northumberland
  • Sep 21 King Willem I takes oath in Brussels
  • Sep 26 Russia, Prussia & Austria sign the Holy Alliance
  • Sep 28 Joachim Murats fleet sails from Corsica to Naples
  • Sep 29 King Willem I forms Dutch Order of the Lion
  • Oct 8 Joachim Murat's forces land at Pizzo, Italy
  • Oct 12 Ex-king Joachim Murat of Naples sentenced to death
  • Oct 15 Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile
  • Oct 31 Cornishman Sir Humphrey Davy patents miner's safety lamp
  • Nov 20 2nd Treaty of Paris: France & her allies agree France pay indemnities after Battle of Waterloo, ending Napoleonic Wars
  • Nov 20 Russia, Prussia, Austria & England signs Alliance "for the maintenance of peace in Europe" same day as Treaty of Paris
  • Nov 27 City of Kraków (Poland) declared a free republic state by the Congress of Vienna
  • Nov 27 Adoption of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland
  • Dec 5 Foundation of Maceió in Brazil.
  • Dec 15 Rossini gets assignment for Il barbiere di Siviglia

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Dec 23 "Emma" By Jane Austen by published by John Murray in London

Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neocriticism)
  • Jan 8 George Webb Morell, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Pike Graham, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Alexander Brydie Dyer, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1874)
  • Jan 10 Thomas Williams, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)

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Jan 11 John A. Macdonald, First Prime Minister of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • Jan 13 William Henry French, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1881)
  • Jan 15 Henry Morris Naglee, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1886)
  • Jan 16 Henry Wagner "Old Brains" Halleck, Maj-General (Union Army)
  • Jan 18 James Chesnut Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • Jan 18 Richard Yates Gov, MC (Union), (d. 1873)
  • Jan 18 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (d. 1874)
  • Jan 21 Horace Wells, dentist (pioneered use of medical anethesia)
  • Jan 21 John Bingham, American politician and lawyer (d. 1900)
  • Jan 28 Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1875)
  • Feb 2 Nathaniel Collins McLean, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • Feb 12 Edward Forbes, Douglas Isle of Man, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography
  • Feb 18 Henri Leys, Flemish painter
  • Feb 21 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/sculptor
  • Feb 25 Robert Hall Chilton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • Mar 5 John Wentworth, American politician (d. 1888)
  • Mar 9 David Davis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1886)
  • Mar 13 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist (d. 1911)
  • Mar 28 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist (d. 1896)

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Apr 1 Otto von Bismarck, German chancellor (1866-90) who helped unify Germany, born in Schönhausen, Prussia (d. 1898)

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • Apr 24 Anthony Trollope, English novelist/poet (Barchester Towers)
  • Apr 24 James Edward Harrison, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1875)
  • Apr 28 Andrew Jackson Smith, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1897)
  • Apr 29 Abram Duryee, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1890)
  • May 3 Hermanus W Witteveen, Dutch theologist
  • May 5 Eugene-Marin Labiche, French playwright
  • May 18 Thomas Stanhope Bocock, rep (Confederacy), (d. 1891)
  • May 19 John Gross Barnard, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1882)
  • May 27 Henry Parkes, British journalist/premier of Australia
  • Jun 1 Otto of Greece (d. 1862)
  • Jun 2 Philip Kearny, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)
  • Jun 3 Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Jun 4 Paul Jones Semmes, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Jun 11 Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer (d. 1879)
  • Jun 19 Cornelius Krieghoff, Canadian painter (d. 1872)
  • Jul 13 James Alexander Seddon, Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1880)
  • Jul 21 Stewart Van Vliet, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1901)
  • Jul 24 Antoine T D'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia) [or Jan 3, 1810]
  • Jul 28 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (d. 1889)
  • Jul 30 Thomas Jackson Rodman, Salem Indiana, Bvt Brigadier General (Union volunteers) was an American military inventor of the rodman gun and perforated-cake gunpowder
  • Aug 1 Richard Henry Dana, novelist/lawyer spent 2 years before mast
  • Aug 2 Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German writer (d. 1894)
  • Aug 4 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, Sulz am Neckar, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine
  • Aug 5 Edward J Eyre, British explorer/governor (Jamaica)
  • Aug 16 John Bosco, Italian priest and educator (d. 1888)
  • Aug 19 John Porter McCown, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • Aug 29 Anna Ella Carroll, US, civil war writer (Reconstruction)
  • Sep 4 Andreas I Schaepman, archbishop of Utrecht 1868-82
  • Sep 5 Tyree Harris Bell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
  • Sep 6 John Richardson Liddell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 7 Howell Cobb II, Major General/Secy of Treas (Union), (d. 1868)
  • Sep 7 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (d. 1866)
  • Sep 8 Alexander Ramsey, Gov (Union), (d. 1903)
  • Sep 10 Eleazer Arthur Paine, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • Sep 18 Henry Constantine Wayne, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 29 Andreas Aschenbach, German painter/engraver
  • Oct 11 Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsican representative of the people
  • Oct 12 William Joseph Hardee, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1873)
  • Oct 13 Jules Quicherat, French historian/archaeologist
  • Oct 16 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (d. 1905)
  • Oct 17 Emanuel Geibel, writer
  • Oct 23 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (d. 1889)
  • Oct 24 John Edwards, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • Oct 29 Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, author of Slovak language (d. 1856)
  • Oct 31 Karl Weierstrass, Germany, mathematician (theory of functions)
  • Nov 1 Crawford Williamson Long, surgeon/pioneer (use of ether)
  • Nov 1 Douglas Hancock Cooper, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • Nov 2 George Boole, mathematician (Boolean algebra)
  • Nov 3 John Mitchel, Irish nationalist (Jail Journal), born in Camnish, County Londonderry (d. 1875)

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Nov 12 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist, born in Johnstown, New York (d. 1902)

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Nov 15 John Banvard, American painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), born in NYC, New York
  • Nov 23 William Dennison, postmaster/general (Union), (d. 1882)
  • Nov 24 James Trapier, N Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • Nov 24 Grace Darling, English heroine (d. 1842)
  • Nov 29 Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1882)
  • Dec 8 Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist (d. 1905)

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Dec 10 Ada Lovelace, English mathematician considered the first computer programmer, born in London (d. 1852)

Mathematician, Computer Programmer Ada Lovelace
Mathematician, Computer Programmer
Ada Lovelace
  • Dec 21 Thomas Couture, French painter/author
  • Dec 22 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss judicial historian
  • Dec 23 Henry Highland Garnet, Maryland, minister/abolitionist/diplomat
  • Dec 26 Israel Bush Richardson, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)
  • Dec 31 George Gordon Meade, Major General (Union Army), (d. 1872)

Weddings in History

  • Jan 2 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron (27) marries Anne Isabella Milbanke (22) by special licence, at Seaham Hall in County Durham

Deaths in History

  • Jan 8 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
  • Jan 15 Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761
  • Jan 21 M Claudius, writer, dies at 74
  • Jan 31 José Félix Ribas, Venezuelan independentist leader (b. 1775)
  • Feb 4 Geert Reinders, Dutch cattle breeder/inoculation proponent, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Jacob van Strij, Dutch cartoonist/graphic artist, dies at 58

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Feb 24 Robert Fulton, American inventor and engineer (1st commercial steamboat), dies at 49

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • Feb 26 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (b. 1737)
  • Mar 5 Franz Mesmer, Austrian developer of hypnotism (b. 1734)
  • Apr 21 Joseph Winston, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (b. 1746)
  • May 29 Cornelis de Gijselaar, politician/patriot, dies at 64
  • Jun 1 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (b. 1853)
  • Jun 6 Samuel Whitbread, English Politician
  • Jun 16 Frederik Willem, duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle
  • Jun 17 Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle
  • Jun 18 Thomas Picton, British general (killed in battle) (b. 1758)
  • Jun 18 Guillaume Philibert Duhesme, French general (b. 1766)
  • Aug 2 Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (b. 1763)
  • Aug 6 James A. Bayard (elder), United States Senator from Delaware (b. 1767)
  • Aug 18 Chauncey Goodrich, American politician (b. 1759)
  • Sep 9 John Singleton Copley, British painter, dies at 77
  • Sep 24 John Sevier, indian fighter (Gov/Rep-Tn), dies at 70
  • Sep 28 Nicolas Desmarest, French geographer (Volcanos), dies at 90
  • Oct 13 Joachim Murat, marshal of France/King of Naples (1808-15), executed
  • Dec 3 John Carroll (priest), first Roman Catholic archbishop in the U.S. (b. 1735)
  • Dec 7 Michel Ney, French marshal (Waterloo), murdered at 46
  • Dec 20 Giovanni Meli, Sicilian poet (Buccolica), dies at 75
  • Dec 22 Jose Maria Morelos, Mexican revolutionary priest executed by Spaniards
  • Dec 29 Saartjie Baartman, Hottentot Venus, dies in Paris