Category Archives: 1860s

Canada becomes self-governing dominion of Great Britain 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 1 1867)


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(Monday, July 1, 1867)Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain today as the British North America Act of 1867 took effect; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. Continue reading Canada becomes self-governing dominion of Great Britain 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 1 1867)

U.S. reaches agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia 150 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 30 1867)


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(Saturday, March 30, 1867, 4:00 a.m. local time) — U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia early today in Washington to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million ($125 million today), a deal ridiculed by critics as “Seward’s Folly.” Continue reading U.S. reaches agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia 150 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 30 1867)

British North America Act creates the Dominion of Canada 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 29 1867)


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(Friday, March 29, 1867) — Britain’s Parliament passed, and Queen Victoria signed, the British North America Act today, creating the Dominion of Canada, which came into being July 1, 1867. Continue reading British North America Act creates the Dominion of Canada 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 29 1867)

African-American men granted the right to vote in District of Columbia 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 8 1867)

(Tuesday, January 8, 1867; during the Reconstruction Era) — The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate today in overriding President Andrew Johnson’s veto of the District of Columbia Suffrage Bill, giving African-American men in the nation’s capital the right to vote.

It was the first law in U.S. history that extended the ballot to African-American men.

President Andrew Johnson formally declares American Civil War over 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 20 1866)


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(Monday, August 20, 1866; during the Reconstruction Era) — Months after fighting in the American Civil War had ended, President Andrew Johnson today issued Proclamation 157, which declared that “peace, order, tranquility, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole of the United States of America.” Continue reading President Andrew Johnson formally declares American Civil War over 150 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 20 1866)

Three days of race-related rioting erupts in Memphis 150 years ago today (May 1 1866)


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(Tuesday, May 1, 1866, at about 4:00 p.m. local time; during the Reconstruction Era) — Three days of race-related rioting erupted today in Memphis, Tennessee, as white mobs targeted blacks, 46 of whom were killed, along with two whites. Continue reading Three days of race-related rioting erupts in Memphis 150 years ago today (May 1 1866)