Historical Events for Year 1812
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Jan 9th - Swedish Pomerania (Germany) seized by Napoleon
Jan 12th - 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez
Jan 19th - Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.
Jan 23rd - 7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
Feb 7th - 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
Feb 7th - Lord Byron makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
Feb 11th - Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - 1st "gerrymander"
Mar 3rd - US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)
Mar 11th - Citizenship granted to Prussian Jews
Mar 14th - Congress authorizes war bonds to finance War of 1812
Mar 15th - 1st Russian settlement in California, Russian River
Mar 26th - Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas Venezuela; about 20,000 die
Apr 5th - Brits storm Badajoz fortress, held by French & Spanish
Apr 30th - (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state
May 11th - Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers consider it disgusting & immoral. No wonder it caught on!
May 11th - Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
Jun 4th - Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"
Jun 12th - Napoleon invades Russia
Jun 18th - War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley Jun 22nd - Napoleon's Grand Army invades Russia
Jul 11th - US invades Canada (Detroit frontier)
Jul 12th - US forces led by Gen Hull invade Canada (War of 1812)
Jul 22nd - Duke of Wellington defeats French at Battle of Salamanca, Spain
Jul 23rd - Battle of Mogilev Russia-Napolean fights Czar Alexander I
Aug 1st - Rare tornado hits Westchester County NY
Aug 5th - War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.
Aug 12th - Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid
Aug 16th - Gen Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to England
Aug 19th - US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere
Sep 7th - Battle at Borodino: Napoleon-Kutuzov
Sep 14th - Napoleon occupies Moscow & fires start (fire extinguished on the 19th)
Sep 15th - French army under Napoleon reaches Kremlin, Moscow
Sep 16th - Fire of Moscow
Sep 18th - Fire in Moscow destroys 90% of houses & 1,000 churchs
Oct 13th - Battle of Queenstown Heights, Brit beats US attempt to invade Canada
Oct 14th - Work on London's Regent's Canal starts.
Oct 19th - Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow
Oct 22nd - Duke of Wellington seizes Burgos Spain
Oct 23rd - Failed coup against emperor Napoleon
Oct 24th - Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
Oct 25th - US frigate United States captures British vessel Macedonian
Nov 3rd - Napoleonic armies defeated at Vyazma
Nov 17th - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
Nov 29th - Napoleon's Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia
4th US President James Madison Dec 2nd - James Madison re-elected president of US, E Gerry vice-pres
Dec 4th - Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower
Dec 11th - 1st newspaper on Curacao (Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser)
Dec 12th - French invasion of Russia comes to an end.
Dec 29th - The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.