War of 1812 bicentennial

The War of 1812 Bicentennial commemorates the duration of the War of 1812, observed between June 18, 2012 through February 17, 2015, dates that correspond with the 200-year anniversary of the war fought by the United States of America against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Bicentennial ceremonies observing historical events include:
*June 18, 1812 - US President James Madison declares War on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
*August 25, 1814 - British burning of the White House.
*September 14, 1814 - US National anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" penned by Francis Scott Key.
*January 8, 1815 - Andrew Jackson's decisive victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans.
*February 17, 1815 - War ended with President Madison signing the Treaty of Ghent in the Octagon House, used temporarily as the White House.


Comments (1)
1. 02-05-2012 22:51
 
President Madison did not "declare war" on June 18, 1812. On that date, he signed the Declaration of War that both houses of Congress had passed. Back in those days, there was a little more attention paid to the details of the US Constitution.
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