What Happened in April 1820

Historical Events

  • Apr 8 The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos
  • Apr 12 Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • Apr 5 Nadar, [FĂ©lix Tournachon], French painter/cartoonist/author/ballonist
  • Apr 14 Harry Thompson Hays, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Evander McNair, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
  • Apr 16 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist
  • Apr 17 Gottfried Conradi, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 17 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in New York City, New York

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • Apr 26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 27 Herbert Spencer, Derby England, Victorian philosopher (Social Statics)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Henrik C Cras, lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii), dies at 81
  • Apr 20 Arthur Young, author (Annals of Agriculture), dies