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Notable Historical Events - 1820

1820Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.

1820James Monroe re-elected US president

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