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
02 February Makar Yekmalyan / Composer / Armenia
03 SeptemberLouis Sullivan / Educator / United States of America
06 MayRobert Peary / Scientist / United States of America
06 January Giuseppe Martucci / Pianist / Italy
06 MayRobert Peary / Explorer / United States of America
12 AugustDiamond Jim Brady / Business Man / United States of America
12 January John Singer Sargent / Painter / United States of America
13 DecemberSvetozar Boroević / Field Marshal / Croatia
13 MayTom O'Rourke / Boxer / United States of America
15 AprilJean Moréas / Poet / Greece
20 AugustJakub Bart-Ćišinski / Poet / Germany
20 MayHenri-Edmond Cross / Painter / France
21 MayJosé Batlle y Ordóñez / Politician / Uruguay
24 JuneHenry Chapman Mercer / Author / United States of America
25 MayLouis Franchet d'Espèrey / General / Algeria
25 OctoberDragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger / Geologist / Croatia
26 AprilJoseph Ward / Politician / Australia
28 DecemberWoodrow Wilson / Politician / United States of America
29 DecemberThomas Joannes Stieltjes / Academic / France
31 OctoberCharles Leroux / Balloonist / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1856:

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

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