What Happened in 1854

Significant Events

  • Feb 28 Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisc
  • Mar 28 Britain and France declare war on Russia during the Crimean War
  • Jun 21 First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands (Crimean War)
  • Sep 20 Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians
  • Oct 17 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
  • Oct 21 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War
  • Oct 25 The infamous Charge of Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War; over 100 killed
  • Dec 3 Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Alfred Tennyson's poem "Charge of the Light Brigade" published

On December 9, 1854


World Leaders in 1854

Famous People in 1854

Would You Believe?

English newspaper "The Times" gives precise British positions in Crimea during Crimean War

On October 23, 1854

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 24 Austria's Franz Joseph I marries Elisabeth A E "Sissi"
  • Jun 29 English Novelist and author of "Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë marries curate Arthur Bell Nicholls