1865 was a year in the 19th century.


  • Date Unknown: Hill Valley was incorporated into a town.[1]
  • Date Unknown: From the Earth to the Moon was published.
  • Tuesday, January 31: The Thirteenth Amendment was passed by Congress, marking the beginning of the end of slavery.
  • Sunday, April 9: Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, marking the beginning of the end of the war.
  • Friday, April 14: John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States at Ford's Theater. Simultaneously, Lewis Powell seriously attacked Secretary of State William Seward, his two sons, and two other men in the mansion, but they all survive the attack. Meanwhile, George Atzerodt failed to kill Vice President Andrew Johnson at the Kirkwood Hotel by getting drunk.
  • Saturday, April 15: Abraham Lincoln passes away early in the morning after the assassination attempt and Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th U.S. president.
  • Wednesday, April 26: After a two week manhunt, Union troops cornered John Wilkes Booth and David Herold at a Virginian tobacco barn. Herold surrendered, but Booth was himself assassinated by a religious sergeant named Boston Corbett.
  • Friday, July 7: David Herold, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, and Mary Surratt were hanged at the Old Arsenal Penitentiary.
  • Wednesday, December 6: Congress adopts the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, officially banning slavery.


  1. Based on the Hill Valley Festival of 1885 marking 20 years of townhood.