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Events of the World: August 1864

| August 31, 2014

August 1. The National Watch Company was formed in Chicago, Illinois. This company would become known as the Elgin Watch Company and would remain in business from 1864-1968. For nearly 100 years the company’s manufacturing complex in Elgin, IL was the largest site dedicated to watchmaking in the world. Though Elgin-branded watches are still produced today by a […]

Events of July 1864

| July 31, 2014

July 2. Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol was created in the space previously occupied by the House of Representatives. The House moved to its present location in 1857. In 1864 plans were made to repair the room and each state was invited to contribute two statues to the National Statuary Collection. The first statue was […]

Events of the World: June 1864

| June 30, 2014

June, 1864. In the UK, overarm bowling was made legal in cricket. Overarm bowling refers to a delivery in which the bowler’s hand is above shoulder height. When cricket originated all bowlers delivered the ball underarm where the bowler’s hand is below waist height. June 2. The Australian schooner Waratah, built in 1849, was carrying a load of coal […]

News of the World: May 1864

| May 31, 2014

May 2. Treaty of London, 1864.  The United Kingdom gave up  the United States of the Ionian Islands to Greece. The United Kingdom had held an amical protectorate over the islands since the 1815 Treaty of Paris. This is the first example of the British voluntarily giving up a colonial possession, a trait which would later become more common.  May 20. Australian bushranger Ben Hall and his […]

Events of the World: April 1864

| April 30, 2014

April 10.    In the spring of 1864, writer Nathaniel  Hawthorne’s health was failing. His publisher William Ticknor accompanied Hawthorne on a trip from Boston where they both lived to try to restore Hawthorne’s health. Ticknor caught what he assumed was a cold before leaving Boston and Hawthorne later wrote home that his friend had eaten bad […]