1854 in History – What happened in year 1854

✅ Published on April 4th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1854 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1854.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1854 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
30 mayThe Kansas–Nebraska Act became law, establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas, repealing the 1820 Missouri Compromise, and allowing settlers in those territories to determine if they would permit slavery within their boundaries.
31 mayThe civil death procedure was abolished in France. Civil death is the loss of all or almost all civil rights by a person due to a conviction for a felony or due to an act by the government of a country that results in the loss of civil rights. It is usually inflicted on persons convicted of crimes against the state or adults determined by a court to be legally incompetent because of mental disability.
21 juneThe first Victoria Cross was awarded during the bombardment of Bomarsund in the Åland Islands. The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories.
09 augustHenry David Thoreau published Walden, his account of having spent two years living mostly in isolation on the shores of Walden Pondnear Concord, Massachusetts, US.
21 octoberFlorence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to Turkey to help treat wounded British soldiers fighting in the Crimean War.
25 octoberCrimean War-Lord Cardigan led his cavalry to disaster in theBattle of Balaclava.
29 novemberThe Eureka Flag was flown for the first time, during the EurekaStockade rebellion in Australia.
03 decemberAt least 22 people were killed and 35 others were injured whenrebelling miners at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat, Victoria,Australia, clashed violently with the police and the military.
08 decemberIn his apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogmatic definition of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Virgin Mary was conceived free of original sin.
04 MayThe first postage stamp in India was introduced on 1 July 1852 in Sindh district. But it was first officially implemented on 4 May 1854 in India.
25 JulyWalter Hunt first received a US patent for paper shirt collars.
01 OctoberPostage stamps started in India, the head of Queen Victoria and India was made on the stamp. It cost half the price (1/32 rupees).
15 AugustEast India Railway ran the first passenger train from Calcutta to Hooghly in a distance of 37 km. But it was officially inaugurated in 1885.
16 DecemberThe machine was used to clean the road in Philadelphia, USA for the first time.
04 JanuaryCaptain William McDonald discovered McDonald's Island.
15 JanuaryGerman mathematician and physicist Georg Simon Ohm died at the age of 67.
09 JanuaryPittsburgh, USA to encourage German culture. Teutonia Bazaar was founded in.
28 FebruaryThe Republican Party was formally organized in Rick.
01 MarchThe British East India Company added Jhasi state of India to their kingdom under the doctrine of Langha.
01 AprilHard Times began serializing Charles Dickens magazine in domestic terms.
24 MayAnthony Burns arrested by US Deputy Marshal in Boston.
06 JulyJackson held the first convention of the American Republican Party in Michigan.
16 AugustThe National Emigration Conference began in Cleveland.
12 OctoberLincoln University was founded as the Ashmun Institute.
17 NovemberThe Suvej Canal Company was established in Egypt.
26 DecemberWood-pulp paper exhibited for the first time.

Famous birthdays in the year 1854:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 SeptemberCharles Tatham / Fencer / United States of America
04 JuneSolko van den Bergh / Shooter / Netherlands
05 NovemberPaul Sabatier / Academic / France
08 January Fanny Bullock Workman / Mountaineer / United States of America
08 JuneDouglas Cameron / Politician / Canada
09 NovemberMaud Howe Elliott / Author / United States of America
10 JuneSarah Grand / Writer / Ireland
13 NovemberGeorge Whitefield Chadwick / Educator / United States of America
14 AprilMartin Lipp / Poet / Estonia
14 March Paul Ehrlich / Physician / Germany
16 OctoberOscar Wilde / Novelist / Ireland
17 SeptemberDavid Dunbar Buick / Business Man / United States of America
18 January Thomas A. Watson / Scientist / United States of America
18 OctoberBilly Murdoch / Cricketer / Australia
21 March Alick Bannerman / Cricketer / Australia
22 AprilHenri La Fontaine / Lawyer / Belgium
24 OctoberHendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom / Academic / Netherlands
27 March Giovanni Battista Grassi / Physician / Italy
27 JulyTakahashi Korekiyo / Politician / Japan
29 AprilHenri Poincaré / Mathematician / France
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