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 SeptemberJames J. Corbett / Boxer / United States of America
05 February Domhnall Ua Buachalla / Politician / Ireland
05 AugustHarry Trott / Cricketer / Australia
06 January Dante Cappelli / Actor / Italy
11 AprilBernard O'Dowd / Author / Australia
13 January George Gurdjieff / Philosopher / France
14 JulyJuliette Wytsman / Painter / Belgium
14 AprilAnne Sullivan / Educator / United States of America
16 JuneGermanos Karavangelis / Saint / Greece
20 February Carl Westman / Architect / Sweden
20 JuneJames Burns / Cricketer / United Kingdom
21 NovemberSigbjørn Obstfelder / Poet / Norway
23 JulyFrancesco Cilea / Academic / Italy
25 February Benedetto Croce / Politician / Italy
26 JuneGeorge Herbert / Archaeologist / United Kingdom
26 March Fred Karno / Producer / United Kingdom
28 NovemberHenry Bacon / Architect / United States of America
29 JuneBartholomeus Roodenburch / Swimmer / Netherlands
29 SeptemberMykhailo Hrushevskyi / Academic / Ukraine
30 NovemberAndrey Lyapchev / Politician / Bulgaria

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1866:

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

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