On this day in history, the War of 1812 began.
On June 18th, 1812, James Madison along with Congress declared war on Great Britain and thus the War of 1812 commenced. Interesting story - in 1814, the British captured DC and decided to burn the White House. Well, First Lady Dolley Madison was a quick thinker and grabbed the Declaration of Independence and a portrait of Mr. George Washington on her way of the burning building. What a boss.