1820 in History – What happened in year 1820

In history, year 1820 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1820.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1820:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 februarySponsored by the American Colonization Society, the first African American migrants departed New York to establish a settlement in present-day Liberia.
03 marchThe U.S. Congress passed the Missouri Compromise, whichbalanced the addition of Missouri as a slave state with the admittanceof Maine as a free state.
15 marchAs part of the Missouri Compromise, the exclave ofMassachusetts known as Maine was given its own U.S.statehood.
08 aprilA Greek peasant discovered a statue of a woman with its arms missing—the Venus de Milo—on the Aegean island of Milos.
20 novemberThe American whaleship Essex sank 2,000 nautical miles (3,700km) west of the western coast of South America after it was attacked bya sperm whale, an event which inspired Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.
28 JuneTomato has been proven to be a non-poisonous vegetable.
26 SeptemberThe famous Indian social reformer, educationist and freedom fighter Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was born. He was one of the pillars of the Renaissance of Bengal. It was due to his high scholarly scholarship that he was given the title of Vidasagar.
20 JanuaryIndiana University Bloomington was established as Indiana State Seminary renamed Indiana College, 1846).
14 FebruaryMinh Mang's rule began in Vietnam.
15 MarchI got the 23rd US Accepted as a state.
15 AprilKing William-I of Württemberg married his cousin Pauline Therese in Stuttgart.
11 MayThe HMS Beagle ship which would later take its Charles Darwin on its scientific voyage) was commissioned at the Woolwich dockyard.
28 JuneTomatoes proved to be non-toxic.
01 JulyThe first edition of Meuse's Mail newspaper was published.
24 AugustA constitutional revolt ended in Oporto Portugal.
02 SeptemberThe Doogang emperor succeeded in seizing the throne of the Qing dynasty in China.
20 OctoberSpain sold part of Florida to the United States for $ 5 million.
07 NovemberJames Monroe re-elected President of the United States
20 DecemberTaxed $ 1 on unmarried men between the ages of 21 and 50) in the US state of Missouri.


Famous birthdays in the year 1820:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 JulyGeorge Law Curry / Politician / United States of America
03 MayJohn Whiteaker / Soldier / United States of America
03 SeptemberGeorge Hearst / Politician / United States of America
05 OctoberDavid Wilber / Politician / United States of America
05 DecemberAfanasy Fet / Poet / Russia
06 AprilNadar / Journalist / France
11 March John Plankinton / Business Man / United States of America
13 OctoberJohn William Dawson / Academic / Canada
13 AugustGeorge Grove / Historian / United Kingdom
14 JuneJohn Bartlett / Author / United States of America
17 SeptemberÉmile Augier / Playwright / France
17 March Jean Ingelow / Poet / United Kingdom
17 AprilAlexander Cartwright / Baseball Player / United States of America
23 MayJames Buchanan Eads / Engineer / United States of America
23 MayLorenzo Sawyer / Lawyer / United States of America
24 March Fanny Crosby / Poet / United States of America
26 DecemberDion Boucicault / Actor / Ireland
27 AprilHerbert Spencer / Philosopher / United Kingdom
28 February John Tenniel / Illustrator / United Kingdom
30 MayPierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau / Politician / Canada

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1820:

YearName / Profession / Country
26 SeptemberIshwar Chandra Vidyasagar / Painter / India

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