What Happened in 1870

Significant Events

  • Feb 3 US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour
  • Mar 30 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
  • Sep 19 Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until January 28 1871)
More Historical Events

World Leaders in 1870

Famous People in 1870

Would You Believe?

Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, New Jersey is the first African American to vote in the US (in a local election on town's charter)

On March 31, 1870

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 10 Deputy sheriff Wyatt Earp (21) weds Urilla Sutherland in Lamar, Texas
  • Feb 2 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY
  • Mar 28 Impressionist Painter Claude Monet (29) weds model Camille Doncieux in Paris
  • Jul 5 Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson (24) weds Annie E. Affleck (25) in Portland, Maine
  • Aug 25 German composer Richard Wagner (57) weds Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima Liszt (32) at a Protestant church in Lucerne, Switzerland