World History 1860

About the history of the world in 1860, Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States and South Carolina secedes.

TWO CENTURIES OF WORLD HISTORY: 1778-1978

1860

* Golfer Willie Park won the first British Open with a 36-hole score of 174 at the coastal resort of Prestwick, Scotland.

* The Italian Parliament met for the first time in the Piedmont city of Turin.

* Giuseppe Garibaldi, leading 1,000 Italian patriots dressed in loose-fitting, high-necked red shirts and slouch hats, conquered Sicily and Naples, swelling his ranks along the way with deserting opposition forces.

Apr. 25 The first Japanese ambassador to the U.S., Niimi Buzennokami, and his 74-man staff arrived in Washington to present their credentials to Pres. James Buchanan.

Nov. 6 Abraham Lincoln, 51, who just two years before had been unable to convince the people of his native Illinois to send him to the U.S. Senate, topped a four-man field to be elected President with less than 40% of the vote.

Dec. 20 South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union. The state's congressional delegation tendered its resignation, but the speaker rejected it. The members' names were duly called out at all roll calls for the remainder of the session.

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