The Week of June 5, 1851

In Connecticut, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birthplace:

  • The  weather was unseasonably cold for June.

National News:

  • Great discoveries of gold were made in California, as the area continued to be settled
  • The Sioux and Pawnee tribes were at war
  • The first prohibition law in the United States was passed in Maine
  • The first baseball uniforms were worn by the New York Knickerbockers

International News:

  • Tensions deepened in France over the possibility of changing the Constitution. Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, President of the French Republic and nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, planned to extend his power over the republic. Conflict continues throughout the remainder of 1851.
  • Ships reported large icebergs near Newfoundland
  • Kaffir Wars continued at the Cape of Good Hope.

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