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
03 JuneGeorge Howells Broadhurst / Director / United States of America
04 MayThomas B. Thrige / Business Man / Denmark
04 DecemberWassily Kandinsky / Author / Russia
10 DecemberLouis Bolk / Biologist / Netherlands
12 AugustHenrik Sillem / Mountaineer / Netherlands
12 DecemberAlfred Werner / Chemist / Switzerland
12 SeptemberFreeman Freeman-Thomas / Politician / United Kingdom
13 AugustGiovanni Agnelli / Business Man / Italy
14 DecemberRoger Fry / Painter / United Kingdom
14 AprilAnne Sullivan / Educator / United States of America
15 AugustItalo Santelli / Fencer / Italy
16 DecemberWassily Kandinsky / Painter / Russia
17 AprilErnest Starling / Academic / United Kingdom
17 DecemberKazys Grinius / Politician / Lithuania
20 JuneJames Burns / Cricketer / United Kingdom
21 NovemberKonishiki Yasokichi I / Wrestler / Japan
26 February Herbert Henry Dow / Business Man / United States of America
26 March Fred Karno / Producer / United Kingdom
29 OctoberAntonio Luna / Politician / Philippines
30 NovemberAndrey Lyapchev / Politician / Bulgaria

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1866:

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

More years: 1806 | 1816 | 1826 | 1836 | 1846 | 1856 | 1866 | 1876 | 1886 | 1896 || 1566 | 1666 | 1766 | 1866 | 1966

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