11 of 925 portraits by W. & D. Downey
by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1868
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/8 in. (88 mm x 53 mm)
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Current affairsFollowing the Earl of Derby's resignation, Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister. However, following a near immediate Liberal election victory, he is replaced as Prime Minister by Gladstone. Gladstone sets out his mission to 'pacify Ireland'.
Separately, the first meeting of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is held in Manchester.
Public executions are abolished, and are moved from outside Newgate gaol to inside the prison.