What Happened in 1862

Significant Events

  • Feb 25 Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln
  • Apr 20 First pasteurization test completed by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard
  • Apr 29 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War
  • May 20 US Homestead Act becomes law which provides cheap land for the settlement of the American West
  • Jun 2 Robert E Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virgina during US Civil War
  • Jun 19 Slavery outlawed in US territories
  • Sep 4 General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during Maryland Campaign (US Civil war)
  • Sep 17 Battle of Antietam [Battle of Sharpsburg], bloodiest day in the American Civil War 23,110 die in first battle on Union soil
  • Sep 30 Prussia Minister President Otto von Bismarck's delivers his "Blood & Iron" speech
  • Oct 8 Otto von Bismarck becomes Chancellor of the German Empire
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Agoston Haraszthy, 1st vintner in Sonoma Valley, California imports 10,000 grape vine cuttings

On January 23, 1862


World Leaders in 1862

Famous People in 1862

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 27 Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev (28) weds Feozva Nikitichna Leshcheva at Nikolaev Engineering Institute's church in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Sep 16 Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii (1891-93) marries John Owen Dominis
  • Sep 23 Russian novelist and author of "War and Peace" Leo Tolstoy (34) marries Sophia Andreevna Behrs (18) daughter of a physician