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September 1812 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 3 World's first cannery (Donkin, Hall and Gamble) opens in London, England to supply food to the Royal Navy

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Sep 7 Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Bonapartre wins a pyrrhic victory against Russian General Mikhail Kutuzov in the most ferocious battle of the Napoleonic era, 70,000 are killed

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

RussiaGreat Fire of Moscow

Sep 14 Great Fire of Moscow begins as Napoleon approaches the city and retreating Russians burn it - fire continues to burn for five days

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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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  • Sep 15 French army under Napoleon Bonaparte reaches the Kremlin in Moscow
  • Sep 18 Great Fire of Moscow burns out after 5 days, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 12 Richard Hoe, American inventor and industrialist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1886)
  • Sep 18 Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), born in Burke County, Georgia (d. 1880)
  • Sep 29 Adolph Göpel, German mathematician ( hyperelliptic functions), born in Rostock (d. 1847)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 12 Revolutionary leader Jose de San Martin (33) weds María de los Remedios de Escalada at Buenos Aires Cathedral in Argentina

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín

Deaths in History

  • Sep 12 Pyotr I Bagration, Georgian/Russian ruler/general, dies in battle
  • Sep 19 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, dies at 68