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, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), (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
  • 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