What Happened in 1820

Historical Events

  • Jan 12 Astronomical Society of London (now the Royal Astronomical Society) founded in England
  • Jan 28 Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
  • Jan 30 British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica claims for Britain
  • Feb 6 1st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa (NY to Sierra Leone)
  • Feb 6 US population announced at 9,638,453, African Americans 1,771,656 (18.4%)
  • Feb 6 First 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society start a settlement in present-day Liberia
  • Feb 23 Cato Street conspiracy uncovered
  • Mar 3 Missouri Compromise passes, allowing Missouri to join the United States despite slavery still being legal there.
  • Mar 5 Dutch city of Leeuwarden forbids Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays
  • Mar 9 -11) Philippines chases out foreigners; about 125 die
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Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica

On January 28, 1820


World Leaders in 1820

Famous People in 1820

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 8 5th US President James Monroe's daughter Maria 1st child of a President to marry in the White House
  • Jul 14 British PM Robert Peel (32) weds Sir John Floyd's daughter Julia at St George's, Hanover Square in London