What Happened in January 1820

Historical Events

  • Jan 12 Astronomical Society of London (now the Royal Astronomical Society) founded in England

RussiaRussian Antarctic Expedition

Jan 28 Russian Antarctic expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
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  • Jan 30 British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica, claiming it 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.