On This Day

What Happened on December 20, 1812

Historical Events


Historic PublicationRumpelstiltskin

"Grimm's Fairy Tales" or "Children's and Household Tales" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm is first published

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Illustration from Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book (1889)
Illustration from Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book (1889)
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Famous Birthdays

  • Achille Peri, Italian composer & conductor, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1880)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestSacagawea

Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies at 24

Interpreter and Guide Sacagawea
Interpreter and Guide
Sacagawea

1812 Highlights

About December 20, 1812

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 207 years, 8 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Sagittarius