- Apr 11 Napoleon abdicates unconditionally; he is exiled to Elba
- May 4 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism
- Jul 25 English engineer George Stephenson introduces his first steam locomotive, a travelling engine designed for hauling coal on the Killingworth wagonway named Blücher
- Aug 24 British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)
- Oct 1 Opening of the Congress of Vienna, which redrew Europe's political map after the defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte
- Nov 1 Congress of Vienna opens to re-draw the European political map after the defeat of France, in the Napoleonic Wars.
- Nov 28 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer - makes newspapers available to a mass audience
- Dec 24 Treaty of Ghent signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies
Francis Scott Key inspired to write the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry", later becomes lyrics of the "Star-Spangled Banner"
On September 14, 1814