U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair
The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
English: topographic or habitational name, from a derivative of Wick .