1856 in History – What happened in year 1856

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

In history, year 1856 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 1856.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1856 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
26 januaryPuget Sound War: United States Marines from the USS Decatur defeated Native American forces after an all-day battle with settlers in Seattle, Washington.
29 januaryQueen Victoria of the United Kingdom issued a Warrant under the Royal sign-manual that established the Victoria Cross, originally torecognise acts of valour by British military personnel during the Crimean War.
21 mayA crowd of about 800 pro-slavery Americans ransacked the townof Lawrence, Kansas.
22 mayUS Congressman Preston Brooks attacked Senator Charles Sumner with a cane for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas.
08 juneDescendants of Tahitians and the HMS Bounty mutineers settledon Norfolk Island, an abandoned British penal colony.
09 juneMormon pioneers began leaving Iowa City, Iowa, and headed westfor Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeledhandcarts.
10 julyNikola Tesla was born. He was an Serbian American engineer and inventor. His contribution to the electronics is huge. He played a major role in design of alternating current flow. The standard unit of flux is given name of Tesla to honour the great scientist.
06 novemberScenes of Clerical Life, the first work by English authorGeorge Eliot was submitted for publication.
03 JuneCullen Whipple patented the screw machine.
16 JulyThe remarriage of Hindu widows gained legal recognition.
08 OctoberThe Second Opium War began between the British and China.
04 NovemberJames Buchanan became the 15th President of the United States.
07 DecemberFor the first time in the country \ Hindu widow ' was married.
08 JanuaryDr. John Veitch discovered \ borax hydrated sodium borate).
07 FebruaryThe Parliament of Tasmania arranged for the first time in the world a confidential ballot.
03 AprilAbout 4,000 people died in a BAM blast in a church in the Rhodes Islands of Greece.
08 JanuaryA large amount of Borox deposits were discovered in California by John Vecht.
01 FebruaryAuburn University was first hired as East Alabama Men's College.
05 MarchCovent Garden Theater in London was destroyed by fire.
07 AprilNelson College was founded in New Zealand.
27 MayDoctor William Palmer Rowley Poisoner) was convicted of poisoning in Stafford, England.
17 JuneThe Republican Party held its first national convention in Philadelphia.
31 JulyNew Zealand, founded as a city.
30 AugustBattle of Osawatomy: ProSlavari forces defeated the Antislavery Force in Bleeding Kansas.
24 OctoberSouthern Australia recognized the constitution.
16 NovemberThe Amsterdam Post Office was established in Neuvezies Vaurbergwal.
09 DecemberBusher surrendered to the British Army.


Famous birthdays in the year 1856:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
05 SeptemberThomas E. Watson / Lawyer / United States of America
08 March Colin Campbell Cooper / Painter / United States of America
09 March Tom Roberts / Painter / United Kingdom
10 JulyNikola Tesla / Engineer / United States of America
11 AprilArthur Shrewsbury / Cricketer / United Kingdom
15 February Emil Kraepelin / Academic / Germany
16 February Ossian Everett Mills / Academic / United States of America
18 DecemberJ. J. Thomson / Academic / United Kingdom
18 January Daniel Hale Williams / Surgeon / United States of America
20 March Frederick Winslow Taylor / Engineer / United States of America
20 AugustJakub Bart-Ćišinski / Poet / Germany
20 March John Lavery / Painter / Ireland
22 JulyOctave Hamelin / Philosopher / France
22 JuneH. Rider Haggard / Novelist / United Kingdom
24 AprilPhilippe Pétain / Politician / France
25 February Karl Gotthard Lamprecht / Academic / Germany
25 OctoberDragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger / Geologist / Croatia
28 SeptemberKate Douglas Wiggin / Author / United States of America
29 OctoberJacques Curie / Academic / France
29 DecemberThomas Joannes Stieltjes / Academic / France

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1856:

YearName / Profession / Country
NA SeptemberPrataparayan Mishra / Writer / India
23 JulyBal Gangadhar Tilak / Journalist / India
04 MarchToaru Dutt / Writer / India
01 AprilAcacio Gabriel Viegas / Physician / India
23 JulyBal Gangadhar Tilak / Freedom Fighter / India
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