What Happened in 1853

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Significant Events

  • Mar 6 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice
  • Jun 24 US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)
  • Jul 8 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade
More Historical Events

World Leaders in 1853

Famous People in 1853

Would You Believe?

1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon's Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist)

On August 24, 1853

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 30 Emperor and French President Napoleon III marries Eugenie de Montijo, Countess of Teba
  • May 19 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar
  • Jun 17 Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie (31) weds second wife Jane Sym
  • Aug 4 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (29) weds Elinor Junkin in Lexington
  • Oct 20 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)