December 1812 in History

Events in History

Election of Interest

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

  • Dec 4 Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, patents a horse-drawn mower
  • Dec 11 1st newspaper on Curacao (Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser)

Historic Event

Dec 14 The French invasion of Russia, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, officially ends with the French having lost as many as 530,000 people

Rumpelstiltskin

Dec 20 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" or "Children's and Household Tales" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm is first 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, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 1884)
  • Dec 14 Charles Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, born in Brompton, London (d. 1862)
  • 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, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1894)

Deaths in History

Sacagawea

Dec 20 Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies at 24

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