What Happened in 1867

Important Events

  • Mar 8 British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, serves as Canada's constitution for more than 100 years
  • Mar 16 First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in "The Lancet"
  • Mar 30 US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre - Seward's Folly)
  • Jul 1 The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister
  • Oct 1 Karl Marx' "Das Kapital" published
  • Oct 14 15th and last Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu resigns in Japan
  • Oct 18 US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia having paid $7.2 million
  • Nov 25 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel patents dynamite
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World Leaders in 1867

Famous People in 1867

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 28 Labor union leader Samuel Gompers (17) weds co-worker Sophia Julian (16) in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 15 Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (45) weds Anna Snitkina at Trinity Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Feb 16 Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (52) weds Agnes Bernard (30) at St George's Church in Hanover Square, London
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