Today in History - Historical Events - 1856

Historical Events | Historical Events | Famous Birthdays | Deaths | Weddings | Divorces

Hop to:
Notable Historical Events - 1856

1856James Buchanan elected 15th US president

1856The American Party (Know-Nothings) convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.

1856 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 8
Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, Calif 
Jan 23
Steamer Pacific lost 
Jan 25
Battle of Seattle; skirmish between settlers & Indians 
Jan 29
Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries) 
Feb 1
Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College. 
Feb 7
The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot. 
Feb 18
American (Know-Nothing) Party abolishes secrecy 
Feb 18
The American Party (Know-Nothings) convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore
Feb 19
Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio 
Feb 20
John Rutledge, Liverpool-NY steamer, hits iceberg; many die 
Feb 22
1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh) 
Feb 29
Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease 
Mar 5
Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire 
Mar 5
Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads 
Mar 9
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is founded in the Johnston Mansion House on the University of Alabama 
Mar 25
A E Burnside patents Burnside carbine 
Mar 26
NSW's 1st 1st-class game, v Victoria at Melbourne NSW won 
Mar 30
Russia signs Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War 
Apr 3
Gunpowder in church explodes killing 4,000 in Rhodos 
Apr 10
The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University. 
Apr 11
Battle of Rivas; Costa Rica beats Wm Walker's invading Nicaraguans 
Apr 18
Russian Republic Chancellor Earl von Nesselrode resigns 
Apr 29
Peace between Britain & Russia 
May 7
Argentina & Brazil sign a navigation pact 
May 15
2nd SF Vigilance Committee organized 
May 19
Sen Charles Sumner, Mass, spoke out against slavery 
May 21
Lawrence, Kansas, is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces 
May 22
Violence in Senate, SC rep Brooks used a cane on Mass Sen Sumner 
May 24
Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas 
May 27
Doctor William Palmer found guilty of poisoning 
Jun 3
Cullen Whipple patents screw machine 
Jun 8
Pitcairn Islanders arrive on Norfolk Island 
Jun 9
500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts. 
Jun 17
Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia 
Jul 15
Natal forms as a British colony separate from Cape Colony 
Jul 16
Statue of Laurens Jansz Coster unveiled in Haarlem 
Jul 17
The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people. 
Jul 31
Christchurch, New Zealand, is chartered as a city. 
Aug 6
The Great Bell is cast in the Great Clock of Westminster (Big Ben) 
Aug 10
Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana 
Aug 12
Anthony Fass patents accordion 
Aug 20
Wilberforce University forms in Ohio 
Aug 21
America's first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856) 
Sep 2
Tianjing's struggle Incident in Nanjing, China. 
Sep 14
Battle of San Jacinto at Hacienda San Jacinto, Nicaraguan forces defeat American filibusters 
Oct 7
Cyrus Chambers Jr patents folding machine that folds book & newspapers 
Oct 8
The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River. 
Oct 19
James Kelly & Jack Smith fight bareknuckle for 6h15m in Melbourne 
Oct 20
Arnhem-Oberhausen railway in Netherlands opens 
Oct 24
Constitution of South Australia adopted 
Nov 3
A British fleet bombards Canton. 
Nov 4
James Buchanan elected 15th US president 
Nov 16
Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens 
Nov 17
On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase. 
Dec 9
The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces. 
Keep in touch with us:
beta testing:

nothing here now


Today in history calendar
January 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
February 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
March 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
April 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
June 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
September 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
October 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
November 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31