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Other Events of 1867

DAVID DUFFEY:

The British North America Act was passed, leading to the formation of the Dominion of Canada, with Sir John Alexander MacDonald as Prime Minister.

The U.S. purchased Alaska for 7.2 million dollars.

The Dual Monarchy - the Austro-Hungarian Empire - was established.

The strains of 'The Blue Danube' were first heard.

Slave Songs of the United States , the first collection of Afro-American music, was published.

A Pom immigrant, Adam Lindsay Gordon, published Sea Spray and Smoke Drift . Was he the first Australian poet of note?

Garibaldi was defeated at the Battle of Mentana.

A convention of the Ku Klux Klan was held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Volume 1 of Das Kapital was published.

Colonel Custer was campaigning against the Cheyenne.

Portugal abolished the death penalty.

The First Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion was held.

Squire Bancroft married Marie Wilton.

'The Invincibles' -- the forerunner of the IRA -- were formed. There were Fenian 'outrages' in Manchester.

Sitting Bull became overall chief of the Sioux.

Mary Green, Jane Makkie and Mrs Dunman were horribly murdered by Chas. Peltham -- one of the great 'show trials' of the Victorian era. They hanged him, of course.

Gold was discovered in Wyoming.

Nebraska became a State [of the U.S.A.]

The [Third] Parliamentary Reform Act was passed.

Napoleon III withdrew support from Maximilian in Mexico. When French troops left, Maximilian was executed.

The first ecumenical council was announced by Pope Pius IX.

The Last Chronicle of Barset (Trollope) was published.

The first paperback books, 'Reclams Universal Bibiothek', were published in Leipzig.

The first volume was Goethe's Faust I

And a final trivia question: what is the publication which links Cox and Box to Dracula? (Hint: hope I've set a train of thought going.)

PAUL McSHANE:

David Duffey wrote, "A Pom immigrant, Adam Lindsay Gordon, published Sea Spray and Smoke Drift. Was he the first Australian poet of note?" Not quite; this accolade probably belongs to one Henry Kendall, who was six years younger than Gordon, but published his first volume of poetry in 1862. Interestingly enough, Kendall's works were included in a supplementary volume of "Literature of New South Wales", which was compiled for presentation at the Paris World's Fair of (guess which year -- 1867!). He was particularly noted for landscape lyrics, and I recall learning his "Bell Birds" poem at school.

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