(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.
(Tuesday, July 24, 1866; during the Reconstruction Era) — Tennessee today became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War, six days after ratifying the 14th Amendment, which guaranteed citizenship rights to former slaves.
(Sunday, December 17, 1865) — Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, known as the “Unfinished” because only two movements had been completed, was first performed publicly today in Vienna, 37 years after the composer’s death.
(Friday, November 24, 1865) — Mississippi today became the first Southern state to enact laws which came to be known as “Black Codes” aimed at limiting the rights of newly freed blacks. Other states of the former Confederacy soon followed.