On This Day

What Happened on February 6, 1820

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 1st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa (NY to Sierra Leone)
  • First 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society start a settlement in present-day Liberia
  • US population announced at 9,638,453, African Americans 1,771,656 (18.4%)

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestDoc Durant

Doc Durant [Thomas C. Durant], American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), born in Lee, Massachusetts (d. 1885)

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant