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December 14 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 14. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 46 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 557
    Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake.
  • 835
    Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.
  • 1287
    St. Lucia’s flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.
  • 1542
    Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • 1751
    The Theresian Military Academy is founded as the first military academy in the world.
  • 1782
    The Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon lifts off on its first test flight.
  • 1812
    The French invasion of Russia comes to an end as the remnants of the Grande Armée are expelled from Russia.
  • 1814
    War of 1812: The Royal Navy seizes control of Lake Borgne, Louisiana.
  • 1819
    Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
  • 1836
    The Toledo War unofficially ends.
  • 1896
    The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
  • 1900
    Quantum mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.
  • 1902
    The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
  • 1903
    The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1907
    The schooner Thomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather’s Reef within the Isles of Scilly in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.
  • 1909
    New South Wales Premier Charles Wade signs the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909, formally completing the transfer of State land to the Commonwealth to create the Australian Capital Territory.
  • 1911
    Roald Amundsens team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.
  • 1913
    Japanese battleship Haruna, the fourth and last sclass- Kongō ship, launches, eventually becoming one of the Japanese workhorses during World War I and World War II.
  • 1914
    Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressive Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 1918
    Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the Finnish throne.

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