What Happened in 1864

Significant Events

  • Apr 29 Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga
  • May 20 Spotsylvania campaign in US Civil War ends after 10,920 killed or injured
  • Jun 12 The Battle of Trevilian Station, the bloodiest and largest all-cavalry battle of the American Civil War in Louisa County ends with Confederate tactical victory and Union successful retreat
  • Aug 5 Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" (US Civil War)
  • Aug 22 First Geneva Convention adopted in Geneva "for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field"
  • Aug 22 First Geneva Convention, governing the protection of victims in warfare, signed by 12 nations
  • Sep 2 Union General William T Sherman captures and burns Atlanta during Savannah Campaign (US Civil War)
  • Oct 5 Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone, approx 60,000 die
  • Oct 20 US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday
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1864 in Sport

  • Aug 2 Saratoga Racecourse, America's oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, opens its inaugural meet with four days of racing

World Leaders in 1864

Famous People in 1864

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