Dec. 24: Today in history, war of 1812 ends — in 1814 (and other fun facts)

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Today's Highlight in History:

Associated Press

 

On this date:

In 1524, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama — who had discovered a sea route around Africa to India — died in Cochin, India.

In 1814, the War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent.

In 1851, fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes.



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