Many important events took place in the year 1866 that represent the many changes that will forever hold an impact on the world. Some such events include the establishment of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the passing of the Civil Rights Act protecting the rights of African- Americans, the establishment of the ASPCA, the beginning of the Austro-Prussian War, the successful establishment of the transatlantic telegraph between Ireland and Newfoundland, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
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January 1, 1866
The establishment of Fisk University as a historically black university takes place in Nashville, Tennessee.
January 1, 1866
The publication of the last issue of The Liberator magazine takes place.
January 12, 1866
The establishment of the Royal Aeronautical Society takes place in London.
February 26, 1866
The discovery of the Calaveras Skull takes place in California, leading to the false belief of evidence of humans in North America during the Pliocene epoch.
March 13, 1866
The first federal legislation protecting the rights of African-Americans is passed as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 by the United States Congress.
April 8, 1866
An alliance is formed against the Austrian Empire by the Italian and Prussian kingdoms.
April 10, 1866
Henry Bergh establishes the ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in New York City.
May 16, 1866
The minting of the nickel coin is approved by the United States Congress, replacing the half dime.
June 8, 1866
Ottawa holds the first meeting of the Canadian Parliament.
June 11, 1866
The establishment of the Agra High Court takes place.
June 14, 1866
The beginning of the Austro-Prussian War takes place upon the declaration of war on Prussia by the Austrians and the majority of German states.
June 20, 1866
War on Austria is declared by the Kingdom of Italy.
July 1, 1866
The issuance of the first Constitution of Romania takes place.
July 20, 1866
Carlo di Persano's Italian fleet is defeated by Wilhelm von Tegetthoff's Austrian fleet in the Naval Battle of Lissa.
July 24, 1866
The first state to be readmitted to the Union after the American Civil War is Tennessee.
July 25, 1866
A legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army is passed by the United States Congress and is first awarded to General Ulysses S. Grant.
July 27, 1866
The transatlantic telegraph cable is successfully placed between Ireland and Newfoundland by the SS Great Eastern.
July 28, 1866
The standardization of weights and measures is legalized in the United States upon the Metric Act becoming law.
August 23, 1866
The Austro-Prussian War is ended by the Treaty of Prague.
September 22, 1866
Curupaity is successfully defended against the Triple Alliance by Paraguay in the Paraguayan War.
October 12, 1866
The war between Austria and Italy ends upon the signing of the Treaty of Vienna, implementing the annexation of Venetia by Italy.