On This Day

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

USAEmancipation 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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), born in Paris, France (d. 1937)