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Notable Historical Events - 1858

1858Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate

1858Sir Richard Burton & John Speake explore Lake Tanganyika, Africa

1858The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.

1858Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

1858Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time"

1858John Brown holds antislavery convention

1858 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Canada begins using decimal currency system 
Jan 9
Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide. 
Jan 14
French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed 
Jan 25
Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" 1st played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia 
Jan 30
Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England 
Jan 30
William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, "Leap to Freedom" 
Feb 11
1st apparition of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France 
Feb 13
Sir Richard Burton & John Speake explore Lake Tanganyika, Africa 
Feb 21
Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Mass) 
Feb 22
Dion Boucicault's "Jessie Brown," premieres in NYC 
Mar 2
Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie 
Mar 9
Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox 
Mar 18
Dutch Van der Brugghen government resigns 
Mar 23
Streetcar patented (E A Gardner of Phila) 
Mar 30
Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Phila) 
Apr 10
"Big Ben", a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast in the Tower of Westminster 
Apr 12
1st US billiards championship (Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit) 
Apr 15
Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists 
Apr 16
The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up. 
May 4
War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz 
May 8
John Brown holds antislavery convention 
May 11
Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state 
May 15
Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London 
May 22
Confederaci├│n Granadina (now Colombia) forms 
May 28
Dion Boucicault's "Foul Play" premieres in London 
May 30
Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island revoked 
Jun 2
Donati Comet 1st seen named after its discoverer 
Jun 16
Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate 
Jun 21
Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe 
Jun 29
Great fire in London docks 
Jun 29
Treaty of Algun, China cedes north bank of Amur River to Russia 
Jul 1
1st Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cent) 
Jul 1
The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society. 
Jul 2
Partial emancipation of Russian serfs 
Jul 6
Lyman Blake patents shoe manufacturing machine 
Jul 20
Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Bkln 22-18) 
Jul 20
Gathering of Plombieres - Napoleon III meets Cavour 
Jul 23
Jewish Disabilities Removal Act passed by British Parliament 
Jul 26
Baron Lionel de Rothschild bcomes first Jewish person elected to British Parliament 
Jul 28
First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service 
Jul 28
Nadar takes 1st airborne photo (in a balloon) 
Jul 29
Treaty of Amity and Commerce/Harris Treaty signed between US & Japan opening Japanese ports to trade 
Aug 2
1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets 
Aug 2
Government of India transferred from East India Company to Crown 
Aug 5
Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable 
Aug 11
First ascent of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland 
Aug 15
Regular mail to Pacific coast begins 
Aug 16
Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan 
Aug 17
1st bank in Hawaii opens 
Aug 18
Netherlands & Japan sign trade agreement 
Aug 21
1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois) 
Aug 24
Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning 
Aug 26
First news dispatch by telegraph. 
Sep 1
1st transatlantic cable fails after less than 1 month 
Sep 8
Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time" 
Sep 10
John Holden hits 1st recorded HR (Bkln vs NY) 
Sep 10
George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora. 
Sep 13
Hamburg-US ship Austria catches fire & sinks, 471 die 
Sep 16
1st overland mail for California 
Sep 28
Donati's comet becomes 1st to be photographed 
Oct 21
In Paris, the Can-Can is 1st performed 
Oct 21
Jacques Offenbach's opera "Orphée aux Enfers" premieres in Paris 
Oct 26
Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine 
Oct 28
R. H. Macy & Co opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC) Gross receipts $11.06 
Nov 9
1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra 
Nov 17
Origin of Modified Julian Period 
Dec 12
1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent) 
Dec 16
Dutch government decides to vacate Schokland Island 
Dec 18
Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i/d villa of lovers Rossini 
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