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June 1812 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 4 Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"

AssassinationAssassination of Spencer Perceval

Jun 8 Robert Jenkinson becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Spencer Perceval's assassination

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British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham, drawing by John Heaviside Clark
British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham, drawing by John Heaviside Clark
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  • Jun 18 War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jun 22 Upon learning of plans by the Americans to execute a surprise attack, Laura Secord walks 32 km to warn British troops, results in a British surprise victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 Napoleon Bonaparte's forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 3 Pieter Mijer, Dutch gov-gen of Neth Indies (1866-72)
  • Jun 7 Theophilus Toulmin Garrard, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Clay County, Kentucky (d. 1902)
  • Jun 9 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens)
  • Jun 9 Johann G Galle, German astronomer (discovered Neptune)
  • Jun 12 Edmond Hébert, French geologist, born in Villefargau, Yonne, France (d. 1890)
  • Jun 14 Fernando Wood, American politician, New York City mayor (1855-58 and 1860-62), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • Jun 18 Ivan Goncharov, Russian novelist/travel writer (Oblomov)
  • Jun 28 Rudolf von Alt, Austrian painter, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1905)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 2 John W de Winter, Dutch vice-adm, dies at battle at Kamperduin at 51
  • Jun 16 Franz Pforr, German painter and cartoonist (Lukasbund), dies at 23