What Happened in January 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 9 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer
  • Jan 17 Anne Brontë, English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1849)
  • Jan 18 Abraham Buford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1884)
  • Jan 19 John Haskell King, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sackets Harbor, New York (d. 1888)
  • Jan 20 Anne Jemima Clough, England, promoted higher education for women
  • Jan 22 Hermann von Lingg, German playwright/poet
  • Jan 22 Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter (Jahresringe)
  • Jan 22 Joseph Wolf, German artist (d. 1899)
  • Jan 23 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer
  • Jan 24 John Milton Thayer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bellingham, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • Jan 31 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 17 Daniel W Wyttenbach, Dutch classicist/historian, dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
  • Jan 25 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austria violin cellist, dies at 79
  • Jan 29 King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738). Reigned 1760-1820.