May 30th ~ The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington.
1890, December 29th ~ More than 200 Indian men, women and children were massacred by
the U.S. 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek, S.D.
1879, December 31 ~ Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of his incandescent
lamp in Menlo Park, N.J.
1868, May 30th ~ The first major Memorial Day observance was held to honor those killed during the Civil War. It was originally
known to some as Decoration Day.
1865, December 24th ~ A group of Confederate veterans met in Pulaski, Tenn., to form
a secret society they called the Ku Klux Klan.
6th ~ The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery in the United States.
1865, June 23rd ~ The last Confederate holdouts formally surrendered in the Oklahoma
June 2nd ~ The Civil War came to an end when Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, commander
of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators.
1865, May 29th ~ U.S. President Andrew Johnson
issued a proclamation giving a general amnesty to all who took part in the rebellion against the United States.
1864, October 31st ~ Navada
was admitted to the Union as the 36th state.
1863, November 24th ~ Union
Gen. U.S. Grant launched the U.S. Civil War Battle of Chattanooga in Tennessee.