On This Day

What Happened in 1812

Important Events in 1812

  • 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

More Historical Events

Did You Know?

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

On May 11, 1812


Famous People in 1812

World Leaders 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.

On May 11, 1812

Famous Weddings in 1812

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