What Happened in 1869

Significant Events

  • Mar 1 US Postage stamps showing scenes issued for 1st time. These pictorials showed post horse and rider, a locomotive, a shield an eagle, and a ship, the Adriatic
  • Mar 6 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society
  • Apr 6 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented
  • Apr 9 Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada
  • May 15 National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Jul 30 The Charles, considered the world’s first "oil tanker", departs from the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil
  • Sep 24 Black Friday; Wall St panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold
  • Nov 17 Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas
  • Nov 23 In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched - one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving
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Did You Know?

World's largest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, found by John Deason and Richard Oates (weighting 97.14kg) in Moliagul, Australia

On February 5, 1869


World Leaders in 1869

Famous People in 1869

Would You Believe?

The West first learns of the Giant Panda via French missionary Armand David who receives a skin from a hunter

On March 11, 1869

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