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WORLD EVENTS: 1866 - 1868 WORLD EVENTS
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is first published in America An estimated 2,000,000 copies or more have been sold in the U.S.

  • Alfred Nobel invents dynamite

  • In the Seven Weeks' War, Austria is defeated by Prussia and Italy

  • The Ku Klux Klan begins in the law office of Thomas M. Jones in Pulaski, TN

  • Issuance of the nickel, a new five-cent coin, is authorized by Congress. It is minted of copper and nickel with no more than 25% nickel.
  • 1866
  • The first tenement-house law in America is enacted in New York City

  • "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party," a slogan created by Charles Weller, a court reporter, is used to test the efficiency of the first practical typewriter, invented by his friend, Christopher Sholes

  • Nebraska is admitted as a state, the 37th to join the Union

  • The first elevated railroad in America begins operation in New York City

  • U.S. buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000

  • South African diamond field discovered

  • Japan ends 675-year shogun rule

  • Vol.1 of Marx's Das Kapital published

  • Richard Strauss composes Blue Danube
  • 1867
  • Susan B. Anthony founds the suffragette newspaper The Revolution. Its motto: "The true Republic-men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less."

  • Congress passes a law providing an eight-hour day for laborers and workmen employed by the government

  • The first office building to have an elevator installed is the Equitable Life Assurance Society building in New York City

  • The Fourteenth Amendment, which grants citizenship to all those born or naturalized in the U.S., notably slaves freed by the Civil War, is adopted

  • Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, is published.

  • Revolution in Spain Queen Isabella deposed, flees to France
  • 1868
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