On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1782

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
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Famous Deaths

  • Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist (b. 1698)
1782 Highlights

About April 12, 1782

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 238 years, 7 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aries