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Events in History in September 1812

  • 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