On This Day

What Happened in 1820

Historical Events in 1820

  • Jan 30 British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica, claiming it 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, attempt to murder British Prime Minister Earl of Liverpool and Government Ministers
  • 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

More Historical Events

Did You Know?

The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos

On April 8, 1820


Famous People in 1820

World Leaders in 1820

Would You Believe?

Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men aged between 21 & 50

On December 20, 1820

Famous Weddings in 1820

  • 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