A farm worker earned 76p a week, which was 15 shillings and 2 pence in Victorian money.
An Irish man called Michael Barrett becomes the very last person ever to be hanged in England, for blowing up a prison wall and killing 12 people in an escape attempt.
The transportation of criminals to Australia officially ended in this year. Before 1868, many criminals were shipped abroad even for minor crimes such as pickpocketing or stealing food.
The first traffic lights were installed outside the British Houses of Parliament in London, by the railway engineer J. P. Knight, on December 10th 1868.
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Queen Victoria was 49 years old on the 24th May and had been Queen for 31 years.