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Tango0129 Jan 2022 4:49 p.m. PST

"Usually the British are used to unexpected changes in the weather, but during the War of 1812, the British were caught out by a sudden tornado, which drove them away. At the time some locals believed they had been saved by divine intervention, but depending on your perspective, the tornado may have actually helped the British by doing their work for them.

The action took place in Washington D.C. in August 1814. The War of 1812 was ongoing, and the British had just defeated the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg on August 24 and reached Washington. When they arrived they started torching the city. As they went, they set landmarks and government buildings on fire, including the White House and the US Capitol. Most public buildings were destroyed…"
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