On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1863

Historical Events

  • 1st homestead under the Homestead Act claimed, near Beatrice, Nebraska
  • Battle of Galveston, Texas-Confederates recapture the city

Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln to free slaves in US confederate states

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The first and last page of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln
The first and last page of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln
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Music History

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

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert

Famous Birthdays

  • Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back)
  • Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee; President IOC 1896–1925), born in Paris, France (d. 1937)
1863 Highlights

About January 1, 1863

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 158 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn