On This Day

Events in History in May 1868

  • May 9 The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded
  • May 14 Japanese Boshin War: end of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle, former Shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō
  • May 15 Dutch government of Zuylen van Nijevelt falls

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May 16 US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson by one vote

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • May 20 Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant
  • May 22 Train robbery at Marshfield, Indiana by the Reno Brothers Gang, who make off with $98,000
  • May 26 US President Andrew Johnson is acquitted by the Senate by one vote during his impeachment trial
  • May 29 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade
  • May 30 "Decoration Day", later called Memorial Day is first observed in Northern US states
  • May 31 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio