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Historical Events

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The events of the past that have defined our history are at your fingertips! The year 1820 is full of these events, such as the end of the British Regency, the admittance of Missouri as an official state of the United States, the admission of Maine as the 23rd U.S. state, the beginning of the "Radical War" in Scotland, the opening of the Union Chain Bridge as the longest vehicular bridge to date, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.

Historical Events
For Year 1820

There is no better source of the stories of yesterday, as they were actually told, than Newspaper Archives. Discover your ancestry with records from every world history event and find treasures that simply aren't available anywhere else. Newspaper Archives have preserved essential accounts of your family, famous people and events that shaped this nation for hundreds of years. What will you discover?

January 1, 1820

The Spanish Parliament is summoned upon a constitutionalist military insurrection taking place in Cádiz during the Trienio Liberal in Spain.
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January 20, 1820

The founding of Indiana University Bloomington as the Indiana State Seminary takes place.
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January 29, 1820

The period of the British Regency ends upon the ascension of George IV to the throne of the United Kingdom.
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February 6, 1820

Valdivia is occupied by Lord Cochrane in the name of the Republic of Chile. Read More

February 23, 1820

The Cato Street Conspiracy, in which a murder plot was to be made against the Cabinet of the United Kingdom, is exposed.
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March 3, 1820

Missouri is admitted as an official states of the United States upon the Missouri Compromise becoming law.
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March 9, 1820

The beginning of the Trienio Liberal in Spain takes place upon the acceptance of the new constitution by King Ferdinand VII.
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March 15, 1820

The admission of Maine as the 23rd U.S. state takes place. Read More

April, 1820

The relationship between electricity and magnetism is discovered by Hans Christian Ørsted.
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April 1, 1820

The "Radical War" begins in Scotland upon the signing of a proclamation forming a Provisional Government.
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May 1, 1820

The Cato Street conspirators are the last to be hung, drawn, and quartered in Britain for treason.
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July, 1820

Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies is forced to sign a constitution modeled on the Spanish Constitution of 1812 upon a revolt led by Guglielmo Pepe.
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July 20, 1820

The Bray Male School in Ireland opens, later becoming Saint Cronan's Boys' National School.
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July 26, 1820

The Union Chain Bridge designed by Captain Samuel Brown opens across the River Tweed between England and Scotland as the longest vehicular bridge to date.
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August 24, 1820

The break out of a constitutionalist insurrection takes place in Oporto, Portugal. Read More

September 15, 1820

A revolution against John VI of Portugal breaks out in Lisbon. Read More

Oct 25 - Nov 20, 1820

A convention between the leaders of Russia, Austria and Prussia takes place as the Congress of Troppau.
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December 3, 1820

The re-election of James Monroe as President of the United States takes place. Read More

December 20, 1820

The incorporation of Tuscumbia, Alabama, takes place. Read More

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