What Happened in 1812

Significant Events

  • Jan 19 Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.
  • Mar 26 Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela; about 20,000 die
  • Jun 18 War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain
  • Jun 24 Napoleon Bonaparte's forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River
  • Sep 14 Napoleon occupies Moscow and the fires start, extinguished by the 19th
  • Sep 18 Great Fire of Moscow burns out after 5 day, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed
  • Dec 20 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

On May 11, 1812


World Leaders in 1812

Famous People in 1812

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 12 Revolutionary leader Jose de San Martin (33) weds María de los Remedios de Escalada at Buenos Aires Cathedral in Argentina