What a year 1867 was....

What would it be like to drift through the mist and turn up in Scotland of 1867?  Black men were voting for the first time in the U.S. and many more British men were given the vote that year.  Ireland was in turmoil. The Suez Canal had just been completed. Alaska was purchased that year and the Department of Education was formed in the U.S. Canada was becoming a nation. Jesse James was doing his thing. Andrew Jackson was president of the U.S. Victoria was Queen of England. Karl Marx published Das Kapital that year.  Edgar DegasÉdouard ManetClaude MonetPierre-Auguste Renoir, and James McNeill Whistler were painting.  People were traveling everywhere by train and the telegraph was allowing them to communicate with people on different continents. The Industrial Revolution was in full swing. The world was full of possibilities... That's when "Whiskey for Tea: A Tale of Scotland" is set.  Hold on. It's a wild ride.

Jan 8th - African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Johnson's veto
Jan 12th - Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo" premieres in St Petersburg
Feb 1st - Bricklayers start working 8-hour days
Feb 6th - Peabody Fund forms to promote Black education in southern USA
Feb 13th - Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube" waltz premieres in Vienna
Feb 17th - 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
Novelist Leo TolstoyNovelist Leo Tolstoy
Mar 1st - Most of Nebraska becomes 37th US state (expanded later)
Mar 2nd - 1st Reconstruction act passed by US Congress
Mar 2nd - US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico
Mar 2nd - Jesse James gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 dead
Mar 2nd - US Congress creates the Department of Education
Mar 8th - The British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, and would serve as a constitution for Canada for the next 100 years
Mar 11th - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Don Carlos" premieres in Paris
Mar 12th - Last French troops leave Mexico
Mar 15th - Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university
Mar 16th - First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.

17th US President Andrew Johnson17th US President
 Andrew Johnson
Mar 23rd - Congress passes 2nd Reconstruction Act over President Andrew Johnson's veto
Mar 29th - British North America Act (Canadian constitution) passes
Mar 29th - Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial
Mar 30th - US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre - Seward's Folly)
Apr 1st - Blacks vote in municipal election in Tuscumbia, Alabama
Apr 1st - International Exhibition opens in Paris
Apr 23rd - Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
Apr 25th - Tokyo opens for foreign trade
Apr 27th - Opera "Romeo et Juliette" is produced (Paris)
May 1st - Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
May 7th - Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart MillPhilosopher and Political Economist
 John Stuart Mill
May 20th - British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills' proposals on women's suffrage
May 20th - Royal Albert Hall of Arts & Sciences foundation laid by Queen Victoria
May 23rd - Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)
Jun 12th - Austro-Hungarian Empire forms
Jun 15th - Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode gold mine located in Montana.
Jun 20th - US President Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska
Jun 25th - 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio
Outlaw Jesse JamesOutlaw Jesse James
Jul 1st - The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister
Jul 2nd - 1st US elevated railroad begins service, NYC
Jul 9th - An unsuccessful expedition led by E.D Young sets out to search for DrDavid Livingstone (Scottish missionary and explorer).
Jul 15th - San Francisco Merchants' Exchange opens
Jul 16th - Joseph Monier patents reinforced concrete

Physician and Explorer David LivingstonePhysician and Explorer
 David Livingstone
Jul 19th - Dutch Red Cross forms
Aug 1st - Blacks vote for 1st time in a US state election in the South (Tenn)
Aug 15th - 2nd Reform Bill extends suffrage in England
Aug 28th - United States occupy Midway Islands in the Pacific
Sep 1st - Robert T Freeman is 1st black to graduate from Harvard Dental School
Sep 13th - Gen E R S Canby orders SC courts to impanel blacks jurors
Sep 25th - Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard U in Wash DC
Sep 30th - Midway Islands formally declared a US possession

Communist Philosopher Karl MarxCommunist Philosopher
 Karl Marx
Oct 1st - Karl Marx' "Das Kapital" published
Oct 14th - 15th & last Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu resigns in Japan
Oct 18th - US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)
Oct 23rd - 72 Senators are summoned by Royal Proclamation to serve as the first members of the Canadian Senate.
Oct 27th - Garibaldi marches on Rome
Nov 1st - "Harper's Bazaar" publishes
Nov 4th - 90 kegs of powder used to get rock from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, for seawall
Nov 23rd - The Manchester Martyrs are hung at Salford Gaol, Manchester England for shotting a police officer

Chemist, Engineer & Innovator Alfred NobelChemist, Engineer & Innovator
 Alfred Nobel
Nov 25th - Alfred Nobel patents dynamite
Nov 25th - US Congress commission looks into "impeachment" of PresidentAndrew Johnson
Nov 26th - Refrigerated railroad car patented by JB Sutherland of Detroit
Dec 2nd - In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
Dec 18th - Around 49 victims of "Angola Horror" train wreck burn to death (Angola, NY)
Dec 27th - Ontario & Quebec legislatures hold 1st meeting
Dec 29th - 1st telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY

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