Centuries: 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
Decades: 1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s - 1870s - 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s
Years: 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869 - 1870 - 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875
Arts, Sciences, Literature and Philosophy
- February 11 - Jacob M. de Kempenaer, Dutch Minister of Internal Affairs (1848-1849).
- February 11 - Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer.
- March 28 - George Henry Thomas, American general
- June 9 - Charles Dickens, British novelist
- July 20 - Jules Alfred Huot de Goncourt, Prix Goncourt
- October 12 - Robert E. Lee, Confederate General.
- December 27 - General Prim, Spanish dictator.
- December 5 - Alexandre Dumas, pere, author
- November 4 - Comte de Lautreamont, French poet and writer.
- Henry Rowe - Gothic architect