Copenhagen Fire of 1728

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Copenhagen Fire of 1728

Post by Jim Eshelman » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:54 am

October 20, 1728, about 7:30 PM, Copenhagen, Denmark, centered 55°N40'36'', 12W34'09''

Worst fire in Copenhagen's history, low casualties but gigantic cultural impact (especially the destruction of 35,000 books at the University of Copenhagen and scientific instruments made by Brahe). Destroyed 28% of the city, left 15,000 people (20% of the population homeless), obliterated nearly half of the ancient part of the city. Burned two and a half days from evening of the 20th to morning of the 23rd. The start of the fire is variously stated as between 6 PM and 8 PM; the time above is the most likely time (approximately) - it was already well-developed by 9 PM. It eventually converged with a separate fire that began around 10:30 PM deeper in the city, at a brewery.

From the single home where the fire originated, wind drove the fire across the city. Narrow streets and primitive equipment left the fire department helpless to halt it. After two and a half days the wind died down and the demolition of 36 homes to form a firebreak finally halted the fire.

Another fire in 1795 mostly finished the obliteration of the Medieval parts of the city,

Year: Capsolar (Dormant.) Moon-Sun.

Year: Cansolar {+2}
Saturn on Dsc 2°13'
Mercury more widely foreground sq. non-foreground Uranus 1°33'
Moon-Venus sq. 0°04'

Bridge {+2}
t Saturn conj. Cansolar Dsc 8/7-1/3
t Uranus sq. Cansolar Asc 10/5-12/11
Event window: October 5 to December 1

Quarter: Libsolar {+2}
Saturn sq. MC 0°22'
Uranus on IC 0°58'
-- Saturn-Uranus sq. 0°21'
Moon & Mars more widely angular
Moon-Neptune sq. 2°45'

Month: Caplunar {+1}
Uranus on EP 0°19'
Venus on Asc 2°34'
Mercury & Saturn more widely foreground
-- Saturn-Uranus sq. 0°04'
-- Mercury-Venus conj. 3°49' in mundo

Week: Arilunar {+1}
Sun on Dsc 1°43'
Moon on Asc 2°58'
Pluto on WP 1°29' [conj. non-foreground Mars 1°05' in mundo]
Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, & Uranus more widely foreground
-- Venus-Jupiter sq. 0°13' in mundo
-- Mo/Me on horizon 0°22'
-- Sun-Pluto sq. 1°04' PVP
-- Mercury-Jupiter sq. 1°41' in mundo
-- Mercury-Venus conj. 1°54' in mundo
-- Sun-Mercury conj. 1°59' in mundo
-- Jupiter-Pluto sq. 2°22'
-- Moon-Sun op. 3°36'
-- -- Mo/Su on horizon 0°37'
-- Venus-Uranus 3°45' in mundo
-- Sun-Venus conj. 3°53' in mundo

Day: Capsolar Quotidian & Transits {+1}
p MC conj. s Saturn +1°11'
p Asc op. p Mercury +0°31'
-- Mercury-Saturn co-angularity 0°40'
p EP conj. s Jupiter 1°10', op. s. Uranus 0°56', op. t Uranus 0°35'
-- s Jupiter-Uranus op. 0°05', p Jupiter-Uranus op. 0°02', t Uranus op. s Jupiter 0°24'
t Sun sq. s Moon 0°57'
t Mercury op. s MC 0°33'
t Venus op. s MC 1°52'

Day: Cansolar Quotidian & Transits
p Asc conj. t Sun 0°13'
p EP conj. t Venus 0°59'
t Uranus sq. s Asc 1°08'
t Saturn conj. s Dsc 1°57'
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