Historical Events for Year 1820
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Jan 12th - Royal Astronomical Society founded in England
Jan 28th - Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev thought to be first to sight mainland Antarctica
Jan 28th - Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and his expedition become the first people to sight the Antarctic mainland (continental Antarctic mountains)
Jan 30th - British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica claims for Britain
Feb 6th - 1st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa (NY to Sierra Leone)
Feb 6th - US population announced at 9,638,453, African Americans 1,771,656 (18.4%))
Feb 6th - The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia.
Feb 23rd - Cato Street conspiracy uncovered
Mar 3rd - Missouri Compromise passes, allowing Missouri to join the United States despite slavery still being legal there.
Mar 5th - Dutch city of Leeuwarden forbids Jews to go to synagogues on Sundays
Mar 9th - -11) Philippines chases out foreigners; about 125 die
Mar 15th - Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union
Mar 25th - Greece freedom revolt against anti Ottoman attack
Apr 8th - The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
Apr 12th - Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.
Naturalist Charles Darwin May 11th - Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.
May 13th - Opera "Die Jagarsbrautt" is completed
Jun 28th - Tomato is proven non-poisonous
Jul 1st - 1st edition of newspaper "Courrier de la Meuse" published
Aug 1st - London's Regent's Canal opens.
Aug 7th - 1st potatoes planted in Hawaii
Aug 14th - 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC
Aug 24th - Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal; see Portugal's crises of the Nineteenth Century.
Sep 15th - Constitutionalist revolution in Lisbon, Portugal; (see Portugal's crises of the Nineteenth Century).
Sep 25th - French Physicist Francois Arago announces electromagnetism in his discovery that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell could laterally attract iron filings to itself
Oct 9th - Guayaquil, Ecuador declares its freedom from Ecuador
Oct 20th - Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million
Nov 3rd - Cuenca Ecuador declares independence
5th US President James Monroe Nov 7th - James Monroe re-elected US president
Nov 18th - Antarctica sighted by US Navy Capt Nathaniel B Palmer
Dec 15th - 1st General pharmacopoeia in US published, Boston
Dec 20th - Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 & 50