On This Day

Historical Events in December 1868

Historic Event

Dec 2 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli resigns

Appointment of Interest

Dec 3 1st blacks on US trial jury appointed for Jefferson Davis trial

  • Dec 5 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)

Historic Event

Dec 7 Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1

  • Dec 9 1st British government of Gladstone forms

Palace of Westminster

Dec 9 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.

  • Dec 15 Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaidō

Historic Event

Dec 25 Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)