On This Day

What Happened in 1860

Historical Events

  • 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

1860 in Sport

  • Oct 17 1st British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins inaugural event by 2 strokes from fellow Scot Tom Morris Sr
  • Dec 26 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

Did You Know?

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

On December 29, 1860

Would You Believe?

11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Abraham Lincoln telling him to grow a beard

On October 15, 1860

Famous Weddings

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