Tuesday, May 17, 2011
1860--Tax-supported school system established; South Carolina secedes
1861--Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln; Fort Sumter fired upon; Battle of Bull Run
1862--Monitor v. Merrimac sea battle; Seven Days' Campaign; Battle at Antietam; Battle at Fredericksburg
1863--Emancipation Proclamation; New York City draft riots; Homestead Act; Battle at Gettysburg; Battle at Vicksburg; Lincoln introduces his Ten-Percent Plan
1864--General Grant begins a war of attrition; Wade-Davis Bill; General Sherman marches to the sea; Union Pacific and Central Pacific
1865--Freedmen's Bureau established; Thirteenth Amendment ratified; Union capture of Richmond, VA; General Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox Court House; Lincoln assassinated by John Wilkes Boothe; Special Field Order 15
1866--Ex parte Milligan ruling; Civil Rights Bill; Ku Klux Klan established
1867--Reconstruction Act; Tenure of Office Act
1868--Impeachment of President Johnson; Fourteenth Amendment ratified
1869--Women's feminist organization splits into two groups; inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant
1870--Hiram Revels becomes the first black Senator; Fifteenth Amendment ratified
1872--Liberal Republicans established
1873--National economic depression begins; Slaughterhouse cases
1875--Civil Rights Act of 1875; Charles Stewart Parnell begins movement for Irish independence
1876--United States v. Cruikshank
1877--Bargain of 1877; inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes
1879--Women lawyers permitted to argue cases before the Supreme Court; Thomas Edison invents incandescent light bulb
1881--Inauguration of James Garfield; inauguration of Chester Arthur
1883--Civil Service established; Maxim invents machine gun
1885--Inauguration of Grover Cleveland
1886--Geronimo surrenders after 15 years of war; Haymarket Square labor riots in Chicago leads to eleven people dead
1889--Inauguration of Benjamin Harrison
1890--Sherman Antitrust Act; massacre at Wounded Knee, SD
1892--Ellis Island opens on New Years Day; strike at Carnegie steel results in ten deaths
1886--Supreme Court rules "separate but equal" legal
1897--Inauguration of William McKinley
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