On This Day

December 1814 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Treaty of InterestTreaty of Ghent

Dec 24 Treaty of Ghent signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies

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The signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve
The signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve
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  • Dec 25 Reverend 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 makeshift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans.

Birthdays in History

Person of interestEdwin Stanton

Dec 19 Edwin Stanton, US Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War (1861-65) and US Attorney General (1860-61), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1869)

US Secretary of War Edwin Stanton
US Secretary of War
Edwin Stanton
  • Dec 25 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/founder (Coop of Welfare of the People)
  • Dec 27 James Henry Carleton, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lubec, Maine (d. 1873)

Deaths in History

Person of interestMarquis de Sade

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 13 Charles Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal and author, dies at 79
  • Dec 19 Joseph Bramah, Inventor and Locksmith, notably invented the beer pump