1856 in History – What happened in year 1856

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.

Know what happened in 1856:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
21 MayA crowd of about 800 pro-slavery Americans ransacked the townof Lawrence, Kansas.
06 NovemberScenes of Clerical Life, the first work by English authorGeorge Eliot (pictured), was submitted for publication.
08 JuneDescendants of Tahitians and the HMS Bounty mutineers settledon Norfolk Island, an abandoned British penal colony.
06 NovemberScenes of Clerical Life, the first work by English authorGeorge Eliot (pictured), was submitted for publication.
09 JuneMormon pioneers began leaving Iowa City, Iowa, and headed westfor Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeledhandcarts.
29 January Queen 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.
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.
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 west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeledhandcarts.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1856:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 SeptemberSergei Winogradsky / Biologist / Ukraine
03 SeptemberLouis Sullivan / Educator / United States of America
03 NovemberJim McCormick / Baseball Player / United States of America
05 AprilBooker T. Washington / Historian / United States of America
06 MayRobert Peary / Scientist / United States of America
06 MaySigmund Freud / Scientist / Czech Republic
09 March Eddie Foy / Actor / United States of America
09 March Tom Roberts / Painter / United Kingdom
12 January John Singer Sargent / Painter / United States of America
14 JuneAndrey Markov / Mathematician / Russia
14 NovemberMadeleine Lemoyne Ellicott / Activist / United States of America
15 February Emil Kraepelin / Academic / Germany
16 AugustAparicio Saravia / Politician / Uruguay
16 February Ossian Everett Mills / Academic / United States of America
20 AugustJakub Bart-Ćišinski / Poet / Germany
20 March John Lavery / Painter / Ireland
20 MayHenri-Edmond Cross / Painter / France
25 February Mathias Zdarsky / Painter / Austria
26 AugustClara Schønfeld / Actress / Denmark
29 OctoberJacques Curie / Academic / France

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1856:

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

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