On This Day

Historical Events in January 1820

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

RussiaRussian Antarctic Expedition

Jan 27 Russian Antarctic expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica

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The Bellingshausen expedition's two sloops-of-war, Mirny and Vostok
The Bellingshausen expedition's two sloops-of-war, Mirny and Vostok
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  • Jan 30 British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica, claiming it for Britain