On This Day

Historical Events in January 1820

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

Russian Antarctic Expedition

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

  • Jan 30 British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica, claiming it for Britain