What Happened in 1868

Significant Events

  • Feb 24 US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • Apr 11 The Shogunate is abolished in Japan
  • Apr 13 Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala and Ethiopian Emperor commits suicide
  • May 30 "Decoration Day", later called Memorial Day is first observed in Northern US states
  • Jun 23 Christopher Latham Sholes patents the typewriter with a QWERTY keyboard
  • Jul 9 Tennessee and South Carolina are 1st to ratify the 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights
  • Dec 25 Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
More Historical Events

1868 in Sport

  • May 31 Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris
  • Sep 14 Golf's 1st recorded hole-in-one (Tom Morris at Prestwick's 8th hole)

Did You Know?

French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

On August 18, 1868


World Leaders in 1868

Famous People in 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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