Book - 1868
Good condition set of four.
2 January — British Expedition to Abyssinia: Robert Napier leads an expedition to free captive British officials and missionaries.
9 January — Penal transportation from Britain to Australia ends with arrival of the convict ship Hougoumont in Western Australia after an 89-day voyage from England.
13 February — The War Office sanctions the formation of what will become the Army Post Office Corps.
27 February — Benjamin Disraeli succeeds the Earl of Derby as Prime Minister following Derby's resignation due to ill-health.
12 March — Britain annexes Basutoland.
9–13 April — Expedition to Abyssinia: At the Battle of Magdala, Robert Napier decisively defeats the emperor Tewodros II.
26 May — Last public hanging in Britain — Fenian bomber Michael Barrett outside Newgate Prison in London for his part in the Clerkenwell explosion of 1867.
29 May — Capital Punishment Amendment Act abolishes public hanging in Britain.
2 June — The first Trades Union Congress is held in Manchester.
29 June — The Press Association founded in London.
5 July — Preacher William Booth establishes the Christian Mission, predecessor of the Salvation Army, in the East End of London.
13 August — First non-public hanging in Britain — Thomas Wells inside Maidstone Prison.
20 August — Abergele train disaster kills 32 passengers and a fireman.
15–24 November — General election, the first under the extended franchise of the Reform Act 1867: Liberal Party victorious.
24 November — The Smithfield Meat Market opens in London.
3 December — William Ewart Gladstone becomes Prime Minister.
10 December - Whitaker's Almanack first published.
10 December - The world's first traffic lights are installed in Parliament Square in London.