Historical Events in 1855

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  • Jan 9th Clipper "Guiding Star" disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead
  • Jan 23rd The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
  • Jan 28th The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
  • Jan 31st Western railroads blocked by snow
  • Feb 3rd Wisconsin Supreme Coutt declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
  • Feb 4th Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
  • Feb 5th British government of Palmerston forms
  • Feb 8th The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
  • Feb 10th US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship
  • Feb 11th Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam.
  • Feb 12th Michigan State University was established.
  • Feb 14th Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • Feb 24th US Court of Claims forms for cases against government
  • Mar 2nd Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
  • Mar 3rd US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use
  • Mar 3rd US Congress authorizes registered mail
  • Mar 6th Gustave Flaubert writes goodbye to Louise Colet
  • Mar 7th 17th Grand National: John Hanlon aboard Wanderer IRE wins
  • Mar 8th 1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls
  • Mar 15th Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine
  • Mar 24th Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas

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Mar 27th Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • Apr 21st 1st train crosses Miss River's 1st bridge, Rock Is Ill-Davenport Ia
  • Apr 26th Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
  • Apr 28th 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston
  • May 3rd Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
  • May 5th NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
  • Jun 1st US adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, reestablishes slavery
  • Jun 2nd The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.
  • Jun 5th Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party's 1st convention
  • Jun 13th Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris)
  • Jun 17th Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed
  • Jun 20th Commissioners appointed to lay out SF streets west of Larkin
  • Jun 28th The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University

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Jul 4th In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.

  • Jul 20th 1st train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in Netherlands
  • Jul 31st Hottest July in Stockholm since at least 1756 (21.4°C avg)
  • Aug 1st Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants
  • Aug 3rd Rotterdam-Gouda railway opens
  • Aug 4th John Bartlett publishes "Familiar Quotations"
  • Aug 9th Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising
  • Sep 3rd Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under American General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village, killing 100 men, women, and children.
  • Sep 8th Crimean war - assault of Malakof Tower under Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of Magenta
  • Sep 8th British and French troops capture Sevastopol from the Russians, effectively ending the Crimean War.
  • Sep 27th George F Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC
  • Oct 9th Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor
  • Oct 9th Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope
  • Oct 17th Bessemer steelmaking process patented

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Oct 18th Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt

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Nov 17th David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone