January 8 - African-American men granted the right to vote in the District of Columbia.
January 11 - Benito Juarez becomes Mexican president again.
February 3 - Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu abdicates, and the late Emperor Komei's son,
Prince Mutshuhito becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan. End of the Late Tokugawa shogunate.
February 17 - The first ship passes through the Suez Canal.
March 1 - Nebraska is admitted as the 37th U.S. state.
March 16 - First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of
antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.
March 29 - The British North America Act receives royal assent, forming the Dominion of
Canada in an event known as Confederation. This unites the Province of Canada, Quebec,
Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia as of July 1. Ottawa becomes the capital, and
John A. Macdonald becomes the Dominion's first prime minister.
March 30 - Alaska is purchased for $7.2 million from Alexander II of Russia (about two
cents an acre) by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media call
this "Seward's Folly."
April 1 - Singapore becomes British crown colony.
July 1 - Canada Day, recognizing the creation of Canada by the British North America Act.
July 17 - In Boston, Massachusetts, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established
as the first dental school in the United States.
October 21 - 'Manifest Destiny': Medicine Lodge Treaty - Near Medicine Lodge Creek,
Kansas a landmark treaty is signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. The treaty
requires Native American Plains tribes to relocate a reservation in western Oklahoma.
December 2 - In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first
public reading in the United States.
December 4 - Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the
Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the Grange Movement).
First running of the Belmont Stakes horse race in Elmont, New York.
Transition from the Edo period to the Meiji period in Japanese History.
Pierre Michaux invents the front wheel-driven velocipede, the first mass-produced bicycle.
Otto von Bismarck organises a North German Confederation under the leadership of Prussia.Births
January 8 - Emily Greene Balch
, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 1946 (d. 1961).
January 17 - Carl Laemmle
, film executive (d. 1939).
January 21 - Ludwig Thoma
, narrator, dramatist and lyricist (d. 1921).
January 21 - Maxime Weygand
, French General.
January 23 - Thomas van den Houten
January 27 - Dingeman Versteeg
February 3 - Cornelia van den Houten
February 7 - Laura Ingalls Wilder
, author (d. 1957).
February 11 - August W. Messer
, German philosopher/educator/psychologist.
February 18 - Hedwig Courths-Mahler
, novelist (d. 1950).
February 21 - Gerbrand van den Houten
February 21 - Otto Hermann Kahn
, millionaire and benefactor (d. 1934).
February 23 - Cornelis van den Houten
March 6 - Tona Berman
March 24 - Helena Jozina van den Houten
March 25 - Arturo Toscanini
, conductor (d. 1957).
March 29 - Cy Young
, United States baseball player.
April 2 - Eugene Sandow
, body builder, circus performer (d. 1925).
April 5 - Aren van den Houten
April 9 - Chris Watson
, third Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1941).
April 16 - Wilbur Wright
of the Wright brothers, American co-inventor of the airplane.
May 6 - Mary of Teck
, later Queen Consort of George V of the United Kingdom.
May 14 - Kurt Eisner
, politician and publicist (d. 1919).
May 20 - Jacomijna van den Houten
May 24 - Pieternella Wilhelmina de Vos
May 26 - Mary of Teck
June 21 - Neeltje van den Houten
July 25 - Jan van den Houten
August 10 - Aagtje van den Houten
August 12 - Edith Hamilton
, educator and author.
August 13 - Maggie van Houten
August 14 - Jan Luikaart
August 22 - Maximilian Bircher-Benner
, Swiss physician and Muesli inventor (d. 1939).
October 17 - Dingeman Quant
November 7 - Marie Curie
, Scientist and Nobel Prize winner due to research in the field of
December 8 - Johanna Maria Koppenaal
January 10 - Stillborn van den Houten (boy)
January 3 - Aaltje van Loozen
January 14 - Jean Auguste Ingres
January 18 - Dimpna (Dijmphna) de Greef
February 22 - Jannetje de Blok
March 26 - Johannes van den Broek
April 28 - Jozua van den Houten
May 1 - Helena Jozina van den Houten
May 2 - Arjaantje van Splunder
May 4 - Leendert van den Houten
May 12 - Friedrich William Eduard Gerhard
, German archaeologist.
June 16 - Aren van den Houten
June 19 - Maximilian
, Emperor of Mexico (executed).
July 2 - Johanna van den Houten
July 14 - Maria van Vliet
July 15 - Jacomijna van den Houten
August 25 - Michael Faraday
, chemist and physicist (b. 1791).
August 31 - Charles-Pierre Baudelaire
, French poet and writer.
September 7 - Cornelia van Dorp
September 10 - Simon Sechter
, music teacher.
October 24 - Jan van den Houten
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