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What Happened on September 18, 1812

Historical Events


RussiaGreat Fire of Moscow

Great Fire of Moscow burns out after 5 days, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed

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Napoleon retreats from Moscow as it burns, in a painting by Viktor Mazurovsky
Napoleon retreats from Moscow as it burns, in a painting by Viktor Mazurovsky
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Famous Birthdays

  • Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), born in Burke County, Georgia (d. 1880)
1812 Highlights

About September 18, 1812

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 208 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Virgo