What Happened in 1860

Significant Events

  • Mar 12 Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists
  • Apr 13 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California
  • Jun 30 Famous debate on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution held at the Oxford University Museum and dominated by arguments between Thomas Henry Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce
  • Oct 17 1st British Golf Open: Willie Park Snr shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club, Scotland
  • Nov 6 Abraham Lincoln (Rep-R-Ill) elected 16th American President
  • Dec 26 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England
  • Dec 28 Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NewcYork, on her last mission to free slaves, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.

On December 29, 1860


World Leaders in 1860

Famous People in 1860

Famous Weddings

  • May 22 Major General George McClellan (33) weds Mary Ellen at Calvary Church in NYC, New York
  • Nov 11 1st Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires Argentina