What Happened in September 1812

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 World's first cannery (Donkin, Hall and Gamble) opens in London, England to supply food to the Royal Navy

Victory in Battle

Sep 7 Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Bonapartre wins a pyrrhic victory against Russian General Mikhail Kutuzov in the most ferocious battle of the Napoleonic era, 70,000 are killed

Great Fire of Moscow

Sep 14 Great Fire of Moscow begins as Napoleon approaches the city and retreating Russians burn it - fire continues to burn for five days

  • Sep 15 French army under Napoleon Bonaparte reaches the Kremlin in Moscow
  • Sep 18 Great Fire of Moscow burns out after 5 days, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 12 Richard Hoe, American inventor and industrialist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1886)
  • Sep 16 James Fortune, Scottish botanist (established East India tea company in India), born in Kelloe, Scotland
  • Sep 18 Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), born in Burke County, Georgia (d. 1880)
  • Sep 29 Adolph Göpel, German mathematician (hyperelliptic functions), born in Rostock (d. 1847)

Famous Weddings

José de San Martín

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

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 12 Pyotr Bagration, Georgian-Russian prince and general, dies fighting during Napoleonic invasion of Russia at 47
  • Sep 19 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, dies at 68
  • Sep 21 Emmanuel Schikaneder, German performing arts impresario, dramatist, actor, singer, and librettist (Mozart's "Magic Flute"), dies at 61