On This Day

What Happened in 1868

Historical Events

  • Feb 24 US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • Apr 11 The Shogunate is abolished in Japan

1868 in Sport

  • May 31 Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris

Did You Know?

French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

On August 18, 1868

Would You Believe?

The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

On December 9, 1868

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