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China at the time of the Qing Dynasty 1820
Daoguang becomes Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in China .
King George IV
George IV becomes
King of Great Britain .
The assassination attempt on the Duke of Berry by Louis Louvel (contemporary illustration)
Charles-Ferdinand de Bourbon, duc de Berry is murdered by Pierre Louis Louvel .
1820 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1268/69 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1812/13 (September 10-11)
Bengali solar calendar 1225/26 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2363/64 (southern Buddhism); 2362/63 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 75th (76th) cycle

Year of the Metal Dragon庚辰 ( at the beginning of the year Earth-Rabbit己卯)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1182/83 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4153/54 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1198/99
Islamic calendar 1235/1236 (turn of the year 8/9 October)
Jewish calendar 5580/81 (September 8/9)
Coptic calendar 1536/37 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 995/996
Seleucid era Babylon: 2130/31 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2131/32 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1876/77 (April)


Politics and world events


Contemporary depiction of the assassination attempt on the Duke of Berry

North America

United States 1820

Latin America

  • Guatemala . Bloody suppression of an Indian revolt

Other events worldwide

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen


science and technology


Visual arts

Venus de Milo
Christ gives the keys to Peter


Sketch by cabin boy Thomas Nickerson on the attack of the sperm whale

Music and theater


The execution of the elephant by Mademoiselle Garnier



January February

Pavel Křížkovský
Anne Jemima Clough
Susan B. Anthony

March April

George Davis
Anna Sewell

May June

  • 0May 1 : Henry Yule , Scottish engineer, geographer, railroad planner and orientalist († 1889 )
Robert Gerwig
Florence Nightingale

July August

George Law Curry (1853)
Maria Severa

September October

George Hearst
Jenny Lind

November December

Prince Archbishop Anton Joseph Gruscha
Friedrich Engels

Exact date of birth unknown

Jakub Bek in a book from 1898


First half of the year

Paul Wolfgang Merkel
Wilhelmine of Lichtenau

Second half of the year

Peter Dollond
Marie Bigot
Karl Philipp Prince of Schwarzenberg

Exact date of death unknown

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