On this day: Napoleon in Belarus

This painting depicts Napoleon making his way through the Russian Empire. He is seen here in the town of Beshankovichy, in modern-day Belarus, on the 24th of July, 1812.

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Charles Dickens’ 205th Birthday

7th February 1812 – 9th June 1870

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On this day…

This hand-coloured etching of London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane was published on the 25th of November, 1812.

When this etching was published the building had only been opened a few weeks. This is the third theatre to have stood there, and it was opened on the tenth of October that year. It is the same building that now stands on the site.

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On this day: the Regent’s Canal

Work began on the Regent’s Canal in London on the 14th of October, 1812. The canal was incorporated into a larger plan for the Prince Regent to develop the area north of London’s centre.

The canal in entrance at Limehouse in 1823.

The entrance gates to the Regent's Canal at Limehouse in London, 1823.

On this day: the 1812 Caracas earthquake

At 4:37pm on the 26th of March, 1812, an earthquake hit Caracas, Venezuela. Measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale, it killed between 15 000 and 20 000 people.

Ruinas de Cúa después del Terremoto de 1812 by Cristóbal Rojas

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