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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for December 14th

  • Year 557 » Constantinople is severely damaged by 557 Constantinople earthquake or an earthquake.
  • Year 835 » Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of Tang or Emperor Wenzong of the Tang Dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.
  • Year 1542 » Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Year 1751 » The Theresian Military Academy is founded as the first military academy in the world.
  • Year 1812 » The French invasion of Russia comes to an end as the remnants of the Grande Armée are expelled from Russia.
  • Year 1814 » War of 1812: The Royal Navy Battle of Lake Borgne known as seizes control of Lake Borgne, Louisiana.
  • Year 1819 » Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
  • Year 1836 » The Toledo War unofficially ends.
  • Year 1896 » The Glasgow Subway known as Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
  • Year 1902 » The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific Telegraphy called telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
  • Year 1903 » The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the 'Wright Flyer' at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1913 » ship Japanese battleship Haruna 2, the fourth and last sclass- Kongō battlecruiser 0 ship, launches, eventually becoming one of the Empire of Japan Japanese workhorses during World War I and World War II.
  • Year 1914 » Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressive Party (Argentina) called Democratic Progressive Party ('Partido Demócrata Progresista', PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Year 1918 » Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse known as Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the List of monarchs of Finland called Finnish throne.
  • Year 1918 » President of Portugal e.g Portuguese President Sidónio Pais is assassinated.
  • Year 1939 » Winter War: The Soviet Union is expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.
  • Year 1941 » World War II: Japan signs a treaty of alliance with Thailand.
  • Year 1946 » The United Nations General Assembly votes to establish its headquarters in New York City or New York, New York.
  • Year 1947 » Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid C.F., staged its first football match.
  • Year 1955 » Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Kingdom of Cambodia (1953–70) Cambodia, Dominion of Ceylon Ceylon, Finland, Hungary, Republic of Ireland Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania and Spain join the United Nations.
  • Year 1958 » The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first to reach the Pole of inaccessibility Southern pole of inaccessibility e.g southern pole of inaccessibility.
  • Year 1961 » Tanganyika joins the United Nations.
  • Year 1963 » The dam containing the Baldwin Hills Reservoir bursts, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles known as Los Angeles, California.
  • Year 1972 » Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of the 'Apollo 17' mission.
  • Year 1983 » The third Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
  • Year 1988 » The ET3 (Greece) called ET3 television network is launched in Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Year 1992 » War in Abkhazia (1992–93) or War in Abkhazia: Siege of Tkvarcheli A helicopter carrying evacuees from Tkvarcheli is shot down, resulting in at least 52 deaths, including 25 children. The incident catalyses more concerted Russian military intervention on b
  • Year 1994 » Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
  • Year 1995 » Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by the leaders of the Serbia and Montenegro known as Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Year 2003 » President of Pakistan or Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
  • Year 2004 » The Millau Viaduct, the List of tallest bridges in the world or tallest bridge in the world, is formally inaugurated near Millau, France.
  • Year 2008 » Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws List of shoe throwing incidents called his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Year 2012 » Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

World History for the Month of December