Historical Events in 1869

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  • Jan 13th Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention meets in Wash DC
  • Jan 18th Elegant California Theater opens in SF

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Jan 20th Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before US Congress

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Feb 2nd James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade
  • Feb 3rd Booth Theater at 23rd & 6th opens in NYC (Romeo & Juliet)
  • Feb 6th Harper's Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers

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Feb 15th Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Feb 19th US Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized
  • Feb 20th Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • Feb 23rd Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
  • Feb 26th 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify

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Feb 26th Franz Schubert's Symphony number 4, "The Tragic", premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • Feb 27th John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in the US Congress
  • Mar 1st Postage stamps showing scenes are issued for 1st time
  • Mar 3rd University of South Carolina opens to all races
  • Mar 3rd 31st Grand National: George Stevens aboard The Colonel wins

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Mar 4th Ulysses Grant inaugurated as 18th US President

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Mar 6th Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
  • Mar 13th Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law
  • Mar 14th Defeat of Maori leader Titokowaru in New Zealand.
  • Mar 15th Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st pro baseball team
  • Mar 15th Cincinnati Red Stockings beat Antioch 41-7

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Mar 16th Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • Apr 6th 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented
  • Apr 8th American Museum of Natural History opens (NYC)
  • Apr 9th Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada
  • Apr 10th Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9
  • Apr 10th José Martí founds the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
  • Apr 12th North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law

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Apr 13th Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse)

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse
Entrepreneur and Engineer
George Westinghouse
  • Apr 16th Ebenezer Bassett, 1st US Negro diplomat, begins service in Haiti
  • Apr 17th 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • Apr 18th 1st international cricket match, held in SF, wins by Californian
  • Apr 30th Hawaiian YMCA organized
  • May 1st Folies Bergère opens in Paris
  • May 4th The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
  • May 10th Golden Spike driven, completes Promontory Pt Ut-Transcontinental RR
  • May 15th National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • May 16th Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • May 18th Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan.
  • May 26th Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Jun 1st Voting machine patented (Thomas A Edison)
  • Jun 2nd Cleveland's Forest City play their 1st game (vs Cincinnati Red Stockings)
  • Jun 5th 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25
  • Jun 8th Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents 1st vacuum cleaner
  • Jun 9th Charles Elmer Hires sells his 1st root beer (Phila)
  • Jun 10th 'Agnes'arrives in New Orleans with 1st ever shipment of frozen beef
  • Jun 15th Celluloid patented by John Wesley Hyatt, Albany, NY
  • Jun 15th Mike McCoole (US) defeats Tom Allen (England) in bare-knuckle bout
  • Jun 28th Amsterdam typographer strike
  • Jul 1st Dutch newspaper stamp tax repealed
  • Jul 1st US mint at Carson City, Nevada opens
  • Jul 6th Black candidate for lt governor of Va, Dr J H Harris, defeated
  • Jul 9th Corncob pipe, made from small corn kernels, invented
  • Jul 15th Margarine is patented by Hippolye Méga-Mouriès for use by French Navy

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Jul 19th Louis Riel speaks at a meeting of Metis residents about rights, setting in motion the events now referred to as the Red River Rebellion

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • Jul 30th The Charles, considered the world’s first "oil tanker", departs from the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil
  • Aug 1st 1st voyage down Colorado River
  • Aug 10th O B Brown patents moving picture projector

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Aug 12th Self-proclaimed Emperor, Emperor Norton of the USA issues edit abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • Aug 15th The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto.
  • Aug 16th Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • Aug 17th 1st international boat race (River Thames, Oxford beats Harvard)
  • Aug 23rd 1st carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in SF, from Boston
  • Aug 24th Cornelius Swarthout patents waffle iron
  • Sep 6th 1st westbound train arrives in SF
  • Sep 6th Mine fire kills 110 at Avondale, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10th Baptist minister supposedly invents rickshaw in Yokohama, Japan
  • Sep 13th Jay Gould & James Fisk attempt to control US gold market
  • Sep 16th 10th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Jr. shoots a 157 at Prestwick Golf Club

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Sep 22nd Richard Wagner's opera "Rhine Gold" premieres in Munich

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • Sep 24th Black Friday; Wall St panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold
  • Oct 1st 1st postcards are issued (Vienna, Austria)
  • Oct 5th A strong hurricane devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had been predicted over a year before by a British naval officer.
  • Oct 6th John Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer" premieres
  • Oct 16th Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing
  • Oct 18th Henrik Ibsen's "De Unges Forbund," premieres in Christiania (Oslo)
  • Oct 21st 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore
  • Oct 26th 1st American steeplechase horserace (Westchester, NY)
  • Nov 1st Deli Me forms T B V tobacco in Sumatra
  • Nov 3rd Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club forms
  • Nov 6th 1st intercollegiate football (soccer) game (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4)
  • Nov 15th Free postal delivery formally inaugurated
  • Nov 17th Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race (13K Paris-Rouen)
  • Nov 17th Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas
  • Nov 23rd In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched - one of the last clippers ever to be built, and the only one still surviving to this day.
  • Nov 24th American Woman's Suffrage Association forms (Cleveland)
  • Dec 8th 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome
  • Dec 8th Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
  • Dec 9th Noble Order of Knights of Labor founded, Philadelphia
  • Dec 10th Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
  • Dec 10th The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • Dec 18th Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club plays its 1st game
  • Dec 28th William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum
  • Dec 30th Philadelphia Knights of Labor forms