Here’s the weekend edition of It Happened On. It’s pretty early for me to function, but what the hay!
It happened on October 13 1812…During the War of 1812, British and Indian forces under Sir Isaac Brock defeat Americans at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory, in which more than 1,000 U.S. troops were killed, wounded, or captured, effectively ended any further U.S. invasion of Canada. Sir Isaac Brock, Britain’s most talented general in the war, was killed during the battle
Also on October 13 1792, the cornerstone of the White House was laid in the nation’s new capital, Washington, D.C. The house was designed by James Hoban and eventually became known as the White House. It was not completed until 1800. President John Adams and his wife Abigail were its first residents
Just to tie these two historical events together: During the War of 1812 British troops invaded Washington, D.C. and set fire to the White House, almost burning it to the ground