This Day in History

London’s First Underground Railway Opens

A milestone in transportation history occurred on January 10th, 1863, with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway, the first underground railway in London. It marked the beginning of the London Underground.

Abraham Lincoln Signs the Emancipation Proclamation

On January 1st, 1863, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in Confederate-held territory to be forever free. It was a pivotal step toward abolition.

President Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19th, 1863, during the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His poignant words are considered one of the greatest speeches in American history.