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 This day in History - August 12
404 Historic Events for August 12
1762

George IV, king of England (1820-30)

Birth
1774

Robert Southey, English poet laureate/biographer of Nelson

Birth
1778

Francis Horner, politician

Birth
1781

Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)

Birth
1797

Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, composer, dies at 73

Death
1811

John FE Acton, cruel premier of Naples, dies at 77

Death
1812

Dr Joseph Lister is 1st surgeon to use disinfectant during surgery

Event
1812

Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid

Event
1812

Jean Joseph Rodolphe, composer, dies at 81

Death
1819

Daniel Davidson Bidwell, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1864

Birth
1820

Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation

Birth
1822

Robert Stewart, 2nd marguess of Londonderry, commits suicide, dies

Death
1825

Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley, composer

Birth
1827

William Blake, English poet/painter, dies at 69

Death
1829

John Horace Forney, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1902

Birth
1830

Franz de Paula Roser, composer, dies at 50

Death
1831

Dutch troops conquer Leuven

Event
1831

Netherlands and Belgium sign peace treaty

Event
1832

Hely Hutchinson Almond, politician/doctor

Birth
1833

William Price Sanders, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1863

Birth
1838

Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal

Birth
1848

George Stephenson, locomotive engineer, dies

Death
1848

Macellus Emants, Dutch writer/poet (Along the Nile)

Birth
1849

Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88

Death
1849

Abbott Handerson Thayer, painter/naturalist

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