Book - 1866
Good condition set of four.
12 January — Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.
11 May — London bank Overend, Gurney and Company collapses precipitating a financial crisis.
18 June — Lord Russell loses a vote of no confidence against his government.
26 June — Lord Russell resigns as Prime Minister, following splits in the Liberal Party over parliamentary reform. The Earl of Derby takes over, leading a minority Conservative administration.
5 July — Marriage of Princess Helena, third daughter of Queen Victoria, to Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein.
23 to 25 July — Demonstrations in Hyde Park in favour of parliamentary reform turn violent.
27 July — The SS Great Eastern successfully completes laying the transatlantic telegraph cable between Valentia Island, Ireland and Heart's Content, Newfoundland, permanently restoring a communications link.
end July — W. G. Grace scores 224 not out for the All-England cricket team against Surrey at The Oval, just after his eighteenth birthday.
1 August — The National Olympian Association (promoted by John Hulley of Liverpool and Dr William Brookes of the Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games) stages the first National Olympian Games field events at The Crystal Palace in South London. W. G. Grace wins the 440 yards hurdles.v September - Great Tea Race ends in London, narrowly won by the clipper ship Taeping.
September - General Post Office begins erection of hexagonal pillar boxes to the design of John Penfold.
12 December — The Oaks explosion in the Barnsley seam in Yorkshire kills 361 coal miners; a subsidiary explosion the following day killing 27 rescuers.