On This Day

April 1820 in History

Events in History

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


Birthdays in History

  • 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 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)


Deaths in History

  • 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