December 1812 in History

Events in History

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 2 James Madison re-elected President of the US, Elbridge Gerry Vice-President

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • Dec 4 Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, patents a horse-drawn mower
  • Dec 11 1st newspaper on Curacao (Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser)
  • Dec 12 French invasion of Russia comes to an end.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 The French Invasion of Russia, led by Napoleon, officially ends

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published

  • Dec 29 The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 4 Elias Smith Dennis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1894)
  • Dec 6 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (d. 1884)
  • Dec 14 Charles J Canning, English earl/1st viceroy of British-Indies
  • Dec 16 William Grose, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1900)
  • Dec 23 Samuel Smiles, Scotland, author (Self-Help, Character, Duty)
  • Dec 24 Karl Eduard Zachariae, German jurist (d. 1894)

Deaths in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 20 Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for Lewis & Clark, dies at 24

Interpreter and Guide Sacagawea
Interpreter and Guide
  • Dec 27 Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Lithuanian rabbi and founder of Chabad Hasidism (b. 1745)
  • Dec 27 Joanna Southcott, an English self-described religious prophetess.