What Happened in 1857

Significant Events

  • Jan 24 The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.
  • Mar 3 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.
  • Mar 6 Dred Scott Decision: US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens
  • May 10 Indian Mutiny begins with revolt of Sepoys in Meerut
  • Jun 26 The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria
  • Oct 24 World's first soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in Yorkshire, England
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Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City

On March 23, 1857


World Leaders in 1857

Famous People in 1857

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 10 Novelist Jules Verne (28) weds Honorine de Viane Morel
  • Jun 6 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway.
  • Jul 16 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (33) weds Mary Anna Morrison in Lincoln County
  • Jul 27 Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I (25) weds princess Charlotte of Belgium (17) in Brussels
  • Dec 30 Confederate army cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 20 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, composer, dies at 32
  • Jan 27 Dorothea von Benckendorff, Baltic monarch of Lieven, dies at 72
  • Feb 7 FĂ©lix PBOG, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War, dies at 65
  • Feb 9 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • Feb 10 David Thompson, Canadian explorer (b. 1770)
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