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1820 (MDCCCXX) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar


  • January 29 – George IV of the United Kingdom ascends the throne, ending the period known as the British Regency. There will be a gap of 21 years before the title Prince of Wales is next used.
  • March 15 – Maine is admitted as the 23rd U.S. state.
  • May 11 – The HMS Beagle (the ship that later takes young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage) is launched.
  • December 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1820: James Monroe is re-elected, virtually unopposed.



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