This Day in History

King George IV of England Ascends to the Throne

On January 29th, 1820, George IV ascended to the throne of England. His reign was marked by cultural and architectural developments, including the construction of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

An 80-Ton Sperm Whale Attacks the Whaleship Essex

The real-life event that inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick” occurred on November 20th, 1820, when the whaleship Essex was attacked and sunk by an 80-ton sperm whale in the South Pacific. This harrowing tale of survival is etched in maritime history.