Historical Events For Year 1870

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January 3, 1870

The beginning of construction of the Brooklyn Bridge takes place. Read More

January 6, 1870

The inauguration of the Wiener Musikverein, Vienna takes place in Austria-Hungary. Read More

January 10, 1870

The incorporation of Standard Oil by John D. Rockefeller takes place. Read More

February 2, 1870

The Cardiff Giant is confirmed as being a carved gypsum instead of the believed remains of a petrified human.
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February 3, 1870

The ratification of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting African-Americans the right to vote takes place.
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February 9, 1870

The creation of the Army Weather Bureau takes place. Read More

February 10, 1870

The incorporation of Anaheim as a city in California takes place. Read More

February 12, 1870

The right to vote is granted to women in the Utah Territory. Read More

February 25, 1870

The United States Senate swears in Hiram Rhodes Revels is the first African American to have a seat in the United States Congress.
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February 26, 1870

In opening of New York City's first pneumatic subway takes place. Read More

February 27, 1870

Japan adopts their "circle of the sun" flag as the national flag for their merchant chips.
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March 5, 1870

England and Scotland compete in the first international Association Football match at The Oval in London.
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March 19, 1870

The Cannon Act establishing the Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College is passed by the Ohio Legislature.
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March 24, 1870

The establishment and opening of Syracuse University takes place. Read More

March 30, 1870

African-Americans are given the right to vote upon the ratification of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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March 30, 1870

The readmission of Texas to the Union takes place following the Reconstruction. Read More

March 31, 1870

The first African-American to make an electoral vote is Thomas Mundy Peterson. Read More

June 9, 1870

Charles Dickens leaves his last book The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished upon his death.
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June 22, 1870

The United States Department of Justice is created by the United States Congress. Read More

June 26, 1870

The declaration of Christmas as a federal holiday takes place in the United States. Read More

July 15, 1870

The dissolution of the Confederate States of America takes place as Georgia is readmitted to the Union as the last Confederate State.
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July 19, 1870

A declaration of war on Prussia is made by France, thus beginning the Franco-Prussian War.
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August 24, 1870

The end of the Red River Rebellion is brought about by the fleeing of Louis Riel. Read More

September 6, 1870

The first woman to vote legally in the United States since 1807 is Louisa Ann Swain. Read More

October 6, 1870

The capital of unified Italy is declared as being Rome. Read More

December 30, 1870

The assassination of Prime Minister Juan Prim of Spain takes place. Read More