What Happened on January 1, 1863

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 1st homestead under the Homestead Act claimed, near Beatrice, Nebraska
  • Battle of Galveston, Texas-Confederates recapture the city
  • Emancipation Proclamation issued by Lincoln to free slaves in confederate states

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Franz Schubert's "Missa Solemnis," premieres in Leipzig

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert

Famous Birthdays

  • Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back)
  • Pierre de Coubertin, France, baron (revived Olympic games)