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What Happened on September 18, 1812

Day of the Week: Friday

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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