1866 in History – What happened in year 1866


In history, year 1866 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1866.

Know what happened in 1866:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 JuneFenian raids-The Battle of Ridgeway, the first to be foughtonly by Canadian troops and led exclusively by Canadian officers, tookplace in Ontario.
25 FebruaryMiners in Calaveras County, California, discovered a human skull (later revealed to be a hoax) that a prominent geologist claimed was proof that humans had existed in North America during the Pliocene age.
16 MayThe United States Congress authorized the minting of thecountry's first copper-nickel five-cent piece, the Shield nickel(pictured).
18 JanuaryWesley College, the largest school in Australia by enrolment,was established in Melbourne.
25 February Miners in Calaveras County, California, discovered a humanskull that a prominent geologist claimed was proof (later disproven)that humans had existed during the Pliocene age.
28 JulyAt the age of 18, Vinnie Ream became the first and youngestfemale artist to receive a commission from the United States governmentfor a statue—that of Abraham Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
28 JulyAt the age of 18, Vinnie Ream became the first and youngestfemale artist to receive a commission from the United States governmentfor a statue—that of Abraham Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
18 JanuaryWesley College, the largest school in Australia by enrolment, was established in Melbourne.
06 AprilThe Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War, was founded in Decatur, Illinois.
16 MayThe United States Congress authorized the minting of the country's first copper-nickel five-cent piece, the Shield nickel .
02 JuneFenian raids - The Battle of Ridgeway, the first to be fought only by Canadian troops and led exclusively by Canadian officers, tookplace in Ontario.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1866:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AprilFerruccio Busoni / Pianist / Italy
02 SeptemberCharles Vintcent / Cricketer / South Africa
03 March Fred A. Busse / Politician / United States of America
03 JuneGeorge Howells Broadhurst / Director / United States of America
03 JulyAlbert Gottschalk / Painter / Denmark
06 February Karl Sapper / Explorer / Germany
06 AprilFelix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau / Cardinal / Canada
08 February Moses Gomberg / Academic / United States of America
12 OctoberRamsay MacDonald / Politician / United Kingdom
12 NovemberSun Yat-sen / Politician / China
12 AugustJacinto Benavente / Playwright / Spain
14 AugustCharles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin / Mathematician / Belgium
16 JuneGermanos Karavangelis / Saint / Greece
17 DecemberKazys Grinius / Politician / Lithuania
17 March Pierce Butler / Lawyer / United States of America
21 JulyCarlos Schwabe / Painter / Switzerland
22 March Jack Boyle / Baseball Player / United States of America
26 February Herbert Henry Dow / Business Man / United States of America
26 JuneGeorge Herbert / Archaeologist / United Kingdom
28 March Jimmy Ross / Footballer / Scotland

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1866:

YearName / Profession / Country
09 MayGopal Krishna Gokhale / Politician / India
09 MayGopal Krishna Gokhale / Politician / India
09 MayGopal Krishna Gokhale / Freedom Fighter / India
15 NovemberCornelia Sorabji / Lawyer / India

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