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1860s 1870s 1880s

  • Meiji Restoration government of Japan frees concubines from legal disabilities and gives them the same legal rights as wives.
  • July 15, 1870: Manitoba and the Northwest Territories join Canada.
  • September 4, 1870: Napoleon III is deposed in a bloodless revolution, ushering in the French Third Republic.
  • March 18-May 28, 1871: Paris Commune
  • July 1, 1873: Prince Edward Island joins Canada.
  • 1873: Japanese samurai forbidden to wear swords in public by the Meiji Restoration government.
  • 1873: Timber Culture Act transfers more public land in the U.S. once owned by Native Americans to private interests.
  • 1874: Britain acquires Fiji as an imperial possession.
  • May 18, 1875: Ida Mabel Limouzin, George Orwell's mother, is born in Penge, south of London.
  • June 3: Gen. Philip Sheridan (Union War Hero) marries Irene Rucker in Chicago.
  • August 1875: Richard Blair, George Orwell's father, joins the Opium Department of the Indian Government as Assistant Sub-Deputy Opium Agent, 3rd grade.
  • 1876: Sir Mark Sykes born.
  • 1878: Britain acquires Cyprus as imperial possession.
  • January 22, 1879: Battle of Isandhlwana.
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