What Happened in October 1812

Historical Events

  • Oct 13 Battle of Queenstown Heights: British forces defeat United States forces attempting to invade Canada
  • Oct 14 Work on London's Regent's Canal starts.

Historic Event

Oct 19 Napoleon Bonaparte and his Grande Armée begin their retreat from Moscow numbering just 100,000 (started campaign with 500,000)

  • Oct 22 Duke of Wellington seizes Burgos, Spain
  • Oct 23 Failed coup against French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Oct 24 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow, French army then forced to retreat through the snow towards Smolensk
  • Oct 25 US frigate United States captures British vessel Macedonian

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 20 Austin Flint, American physician and heart research pioneer (Austin heart murmur), born in Petersham, Massachusetts (d. 1886)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 11 Jurriaan François de Friderici, Dutch governor-general of Suriname, dies at 60

Isaac Brock

Oct 13 Isaac Brock, English general (conquered Detroit), dies in battle at 43