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
04 March Alfred William Rich / Author / United Kingdom
05 SeptemberThomas E. Watson / Lawyer / United States of America
06 MayRobert Peary / Explorer / United States of America
08 AugustThomas Anstey Guthrie / Author / United Kingdom
08 March Colin Campbell Cooper / Painter / United States of America
09 February Hara Takashi / Politician / Japan
10 AugustWilliam Willett / Inventor / United Kingdom
14 NovemberMadeleine Lemoyne Ellicott / Activist / United States of America
15 MayL. Frank Baum / Novelist / United States of America
20 March Frederick Winslow Taylor / Engineer / United States of America
20 MayHenri-Edmond Cross / Painter / France
22 JulyOctave Hamelin / Philosopher / France
24 AprilPhilippe Pétain / Politician / France
25 February Karl Gotthard Lamprecht / Academic / Germany
25 OctoberDragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger / Geologist / Croatia
25 MayLouis Franchet d'Espèrey / General / Algeria
26 AugustClara Schønfeld / Actress / Denmark
29 OctoberJacques Curie / Academic / France

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1856:

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

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