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1855Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

1855Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres

1855David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.

1855In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.

1855 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 9
Clipper Guiding Star disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead 
Jan 23
The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge. 
Jan 28
The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 
Jan 31
Western railroads blocked by snow 
Feb 3
Wisconsin Supreme Ct declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional 
Feb 4
Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela 
Feb 5
British government of Palmerston forms 
Feb 8
The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon. 
Feb 10
US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship 
Feb 11
Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam. 
Feb 12
Michigan State University was established. 
Feb 14
Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas. 
Feb 24
US Court of Claims forms for cases against government 
Mar 2
Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia 
Mar 3
US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use 
Mar 3
US Congress authorizes registered mail 
Mar 6
Gustave Flaubert writes goodbye to Louise Colet 
Mar 8
1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls 
Mar 15
Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine 
Mar 24
Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas 
Mar 27
Abraham Gesner patents kerosene 
Apr 21
1st train crosses Miss River's 1st bridge, Rock Is Ill-Davenport Ia 
Apr 26
Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy 
Apr 28
1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston 
May 3
Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens 
May 5
NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration 
Jun 1
US adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, reestablishes slavery 
Jun 2
The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine. 
Jun 5
Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party's 1st convention 
Jun 13
Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris) 
Jun 17
Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed 
Jun 20
Commissioners appointed to lay out SF streets west of Larkin 
Jun 28
The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University 
Jul 4
In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published. 
Jul 20
1st train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in Netherlands 
Jul 31
Hottest July in Stockholm since at least 1756 (21.4°C avg) 
Aug 1
Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants 
Aug 3
Rotterdam-Gouda railway opens 
Aug 4
John Bartlett publishes "Familiar Quotations" 
Aug 9
Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising 
Sep 3
Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under American General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village, killing 100 men, women, and children. 
Sep 8
Crimean war - assault of Malakof Tower under Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of Magenta 
Sep 27
George F Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC 
Oct 9
Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor 
Oct 9
Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope 
Oct 17
Bessemer steelmaking process patented 
Oct 18
Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres 
Nov 17
David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe. 
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