What Happened in April 1820

Historical Events


DiscoveryVenus de Milo

Apr 8 The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos
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  • 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 [Félix Tournachon], French photographer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 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, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1885)
  • Apr 17 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1896)

Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

Apr 17 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • Apr 26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestHerbert Spencer

Apr 27 Herbert Spencer, British philosopher (Social Statics), born in Derby, England (d. 1903)

Philosopher and Intellectual Herbert Spencer
Philosopher and Intellectual
Herbert Spencer

Famous Deaths

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