On This Day

Historical Events in October 1812

  • 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