The territory of Wyoming institutes "universal" suffrage, allowing women to vote.
The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony founded by Japanese in California.
Boss William Marcy Tweed gains control of New York’s Tammany Hall political machine.
Knights of Labor organized.
The first transcontinental railroad, formed by joining the Union Pacific line with the Central Pacific Line, opens.American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman Suffrage Association founded separately.
End of First Sioux War; U.S. agrees to abandon Forts Smith, Kearney, and Reno.
Board of Indian Commissioners established to reform Indian reservation life.