Historical Events in October 1854

  • 1st The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.

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4th Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair

US President Abraham Lincoln
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  • 6th The Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead started shortly after midnight, leading to 53 deaths and hundreds injured.
  • 9th The siege of Sebastopol begins (Crimean War)
  • 10th US Assay Office in NY City, NY opens
  • 12th Lincoln University founded as Ashmun Institute

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21st Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War

  • 23rd The Times gives precise British positions in Crimea
  • 25th Charge of Light Brigade (Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War), 409 die
  • 25th Prince Menshikov of Crimea occupies British base at Balaclava