On This Day

What Happened in August 1812

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Rare tornado hits Westchester County, NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat

Native American Leader of the Shawnee Tecumseh
Native American Leader of the Shawnee
  • Aug 12 Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid
  • Aug 16 General Hull surrenders Detroit and Michigan territory to British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, who capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh
  • Aug 19 US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere
  • Aug 22 Swiss traveller Johann Ludwig Burckhardt is the 1st European to rediscover the Nabataean city of Petra (modern Jordan)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 8 John Rodgers II, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • Aug 25 Percival Drayton, American captain (Union Navy), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1865)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • Aug 12 Jean-Joseph Rodolphe, Alsatian composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Vincenzo Righini, composer, dies at 56
  • Aug 21 Silverius Muller, composer, dies at 67