On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1782

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Historical Events


Victory in BattleBattle of the Saintes

Battle at Les Saintes: British fleet under Admiral George Rodney defeats the French fleet under Comte de Grasse off Dominica in the West Indies. Prevents a planned French and Spanish invasion of Jamaica.
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The French flagship, the Ville de Paris on the right, in action against HMS Barfleur
The French flagship, the Ville de Paris on the right, in action against HMS Barfleur

Famous Deaths

  • Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist (b. 1698)