On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United States and England, British troops enter Washington, D. C. and burn the White House in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812. The Burning of Washington marks the only time since the American Revolutionary War that a foreign power has captured and occupied the United States capital. President James Madison, military officials, and his government fled the city in the wake of the British victory at the Battle of Bladensburg. The tornado that stopped the burning of Washington. As the United States capital of Washington, D. C., burned 201 years ago today, it was an act of nature that helped to drive the British from the besieged city, and possibly save it from more destruction. During the War of 1812, the British were urged to attack the former colonies after American troops attacked Canada and burned government buildings. Washington was picked as the target because of its symbolic importance, its easy access from the sea, and the inability of inexperienced American troops to defend it. The White House burned on August 24, 1814, the result of an attack by British forces during the War of 1812. It is the only time that the American capital was occupied by enemy forces. But British commanders chose to attack Washington, D. C., to strike a symbolic blow against the enemy.
A tornado, or possibly intense downbursts, struck the city on July 30, 1913 during a heat wave. Substantial damage occurred to some buildings and trees were downed throughout the city, including at The White House.
On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United States and England, British troops enter Washington, D. C. and burn the White House in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812.
The White House was set on fire twice since the founding of the United States in 1776. The first fire occurred during the War of 1812; James Madison was the elected president at the time. The second fire occurred in 1929; Herbert Hoover was in office then.
There is very little of the original White House left. Built in 1792, it has suffered 3 disasters over the past 200 years.
The British kept Canada, as well as the maritime policies that Americans say were the reason for the war. Still, almost everyone involved walked off happy. The Americans are happy because they think they won. The Canadians were happier because they know they won--they remained part of the British Empire.
After eight years of construction, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800. During the War of 1812, the British set fire to the President's House in 1814. James Hoban was appointed to rebuild the house, and President James Monroe moved into the building in 1817.
According to the plan, Canada would invade the United States as quickly as possible if evidence of an American invasion was found. The Canadians would gain a foothold in the northern U. S. to allow time for Canada to prepare its war effort and receive aid from Britain.
Events. January 8 – War of 1812 – Battle of New Orleans: American forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat an invading British force. February 17 – War of 1812 ends. September 23 – The Great September Gale of 1815 is the first hurricane to strike New England in 180 years.
May 20, 2016 – The 2016 White House shooting occurred when Jesse Olivieri attacked the White House security checkpoint.
As the War of 1812 neared its conclusion, British forces torched the White House, the Capitol and nearly every other public building in Washington.
Washington, D. C. (also known as simply Washington or D. C. and officially as the District of Columbia) is the capital of the United States. It is neither a state nor a city. It is a territory.