1855 in History – What happened in year 1855

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

In history, year 1855 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 1855.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1855 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
08 februaryA series of mysteriously hoof-like marks known as the Devil's Footprints appeared in the snow in Devon, England, and continued throughout the countryside for over 100 miles (160 km).
12 februaryMichigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, the United States' first agricultural college.
03 mayAmerican adventurer William Walker and a group of mercenaries sailed from San Francisco to conquer Nicaragua.
04 juneMajor Henry C. Wayne departed New York aboard the USS Supplyto procure camels to establish the U.S. Camel Corps.
30 juneSanthals of Rajmahal Hills, Santhal-Paragana, Bihar, started their agitation against ill treatment by British, revenue officers, police, landlords and moneylenders under the leadership on Sindhu and Kanhu at Bhoranadhighi, Bengali.
04 julyThe first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass was published, and it went on to become one of the most important collections of American poetry.
17 novemberExplorer David Livingstone became the first European to seeVictoria Falls one of the largest waterfalls in the world,on what is now the Zambia–Zimbabwe border.
31 JulyAmerica's first veterinary college was founded in Boston.
24 MarchLong-distance messages were sent from Telegraph between Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi.
09 JanuaryThe Clapper Guiding Star disappeared in the Atlantic Sea, killing 40 people.
05 FebruaryLord Palmerstone became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
08 MarchBates College was founded in Louisston, Maine by abolitionists.
28 AprilThe first Veterinary College in the US was incorporated in Boston.
22 MayThe province of Victoria was administratively separated from NewSouth Wales.
29 JuneDaily Telegraph newspaper started publication in London.
04 JulyWalt Whitman's poetry collection Leaves of Grass was published in Brooklyn.
01 AugustThe first ascent on Monte Rosa, the second highest summit in the Alps was held.
08 SeptemberQueen Isabella II of Spain opened Iloilo for world trade.
24 OctoberVan Diemen's Land was officially named Tasmania.
22 DecemberThe Metropolitan Board of Works was established in London.


Famous birthdays in the year 1855:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 SeptemberInnokenty Annensky / Poet / Russia
02 NovemberHenrik Schück / Author / Sweden
05 NovemberEugene V. Debs / Politician / United States of America
06 NovemberE. S. Gosney / Philanthropist / United States of America
06 SeptemberFerdinand Hummel / Pianist / Germany
07 SeptemberWilliam Friese-Greene / Photographer / United Kingdom
08 JuneGeorge Charles Haité / Painter / United Kingdom
08 NovemberNikolaos Triantafyllakos / Politician / Greece
09 MayJulius Röntgen / Composer / Germany
11 NovemberStevan Sremac / Author / Serbia
12 SeptemberSimon-Napoléon Parent / Politician / Canada
15 January Jacques Damala / Actor / France
18 MayFrancis Bellamy / Author / United States of America
19 February Nishinoumi Kajirō I / Wrestler / Japan
20 January Ernest Chausson / Composer / France
22 JuneSamuel Morris / Cricketer / Australia
23 January John Browning / Weapon Designer / United States of America
24 March Andrew W. Mellon / Banker / United States of America
29 OctoberPaul Bruchési / Bishop / Canada
31 DecemberGiovanni Pascoli / Poet / Italy

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1855:

YearName / Profession / Country
10 MayYukteswar Giri / Educator / India
02 DecemberSir Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar / Politician / India
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