On This Day

May 1814 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Fort Ontario, Oswego, New York
  • May 17 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day)
  • May 17 Norwegian constitution passed by constituent 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

Birthdays in History

  • May 8 Thomas Green, American soldier & lawyer (Confederate Army), born in Buckingham County, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • May 8 Mikhail Bakunin, Russian revolutionary anarchist, born in Pryamukhino, Tver Governorate of the Russian Empire (d. 1876)
  • May 14 Charles Beyer, German-British locomotive engineer (d. 1876)
  • May 30 Eugène Charles Catalan, French-Belgian mathematician (worked on continued fractions, descriptive geometry, number theory and combinatorics), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1894)

Deaths in History

  • May 12 Robert Treat Paine, American judge (signed US 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