On This Day

What Happened in April 1820

Historical Events

Venus de Milo

Apr 8 The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos

  • Apr 12 Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.

Historic Event

Apr 21 Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted is the first to identify electromagnetism, when he observes a compass needle


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 and balloonist, took the first aerial photograph, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • Apr 14 Harry T. Hays, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilson County, Tennessee (d. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Evander McNair, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Laurel Hill, North Carolina (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)

Alexander Cartwright

Apr 17 Alexander Cartwright, American Baseball HOF pioneer (recognised as inventor of modern baseball, "father of baseball"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

  • Apr 26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1871)

Herbert Spencer

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


Famous Deaths

  • Apr 5 Henrik C Cras, lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii), dies at 81
  • Apr 8 Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, Scottish philanthropist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Arthur Young, English writer on agriculture (Annals of Agriculture), dies at 78