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Historical Events in October 1860

  • Oct 8 Telegraph line between LA & SF opens
  • Oct 12 British & French troops capture Beijing
  • Oct 13 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston

USAAbraham Lincoln Grows a Beard

Oct 15 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Abraham Lincoln telling him to grow a beard
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Abraham Lincoln left, before he received the letter from Grace Bedell, and right, shortly before he met her in 1861
Abraham Lincoln left, before he received the letter from Grace Bedell, and right, shortly before he met her in 1861
  • Oct 17 1st British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins inaugural event by 2 strokes from fellow Scot Tom Morris Sr
  • Oct 18 The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.