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 measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela and kills an estimated 15,000–20,000 people
  • 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 days, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed
  • Dec 20 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" or "Children's and Household Tales" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm is first 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

Would You Believe?

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later elected to Parliament at the same time.

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Famous Weddings

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