Historical Events for Year 1858

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Jan 1st - Canada begins using decimal currency system
Jan 9th - Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
Jan 14th - French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed
Jan 25th - Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia
Jan 30th - Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
Jan 30th - William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, "Leap to Freedom"
Feb 11th - First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
Feb 13th - Sir Richard Burton & John Speake explore Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Feb 21st - Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Mass)
Feb 22nd - Dion Boucicault's "Jessie Brown" premieres in NYC
Mar 2nd - Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie
Mar 5th - Abolitionists establish "Crispus Attucks Day" in Boston
Former Slave and Seaman Crispus AttucksFormer Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks Mar 6th - 20th Grand National: William Archer aboard Little Charley wins
Mar 9th - Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox
Mar 18th - Dutch Van der Brugghen government resigns
Mar 23rd - Streetcar patented (E A Gardner of Phila)
Mar 30th - Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Phila)
Apr 10th - "Big Ben", a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast in the Tower of Westminster
Apr 12th - 1st US billiards championship (Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit)
Apr 15th - Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists
Apr 16th - The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
May 4th - War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
May 8th - John Brown holds antislavery convention
May 11th - Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
May 15th - Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden London
Abolitionist John BrownAbolitionist John Brown May 22nd - Confederación Granadina (now Colombia) forms
May 28th - Dion Boucicault's "Foul Play" premieres in London
May 30th - Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island revoked
Jun 2nd - Donati Comet 1st seen named after its discoverer
Jun 16th - Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate
Jun 21st - Louisiana chess prodigy Paul Morphy arrives in Europe
Jun 29th - Great fire in London docks
Jun 29th - Treaty of Algun, China cedes north bank of Amur River to Russia
Jul 1st - 1st Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cent)
Jul 1st - The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
Jul 2nd - Partial emancipation of Russian serfs
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin Jul 6th - Lyman Blake patents shoe manufacturing machine
Jul 20th - Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Bkln 22-18)
Jul 20th - Gathering of Plombieres - Napoleon III meets Cavour
Jul 23rd - Jewish Disabilities Removal Act passed by British Parliament
Jul 26th - Baron Lionel de Rothschild bcomes first Jewish person elected to British Parliament
Jul 28th - First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service
Jul 28th - Nadar takes 1st airborne photo (in a balloon)
Jul 29th - Treaty of Amity and Commerce/Harris Treaty signed between US & Japan opening Japanese ports to trade
Aug 2nd - 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
Aug 2nd - Government of India transferred from East India Company to Crown
Aug 5th - Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
Aug 11th - First ascent of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland
Aug 15th - Regular mail to Pacific coast begins
Queen of the United Kingdom VictoriaQueen of the United Kingdom Victoria Aug 16th - Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan
Aug 17th - 1st bank in Hawaii opens
Aug 18th - Netherlands & Japan sign trade agreement
Aug 21st - 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
Aug 24th - Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning
Aug 26th - First news dispatch by telegraph.
Sep 1st - 1st transatlantic cable fails after less than 1 month
Sep 8th - Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time"
Sep 10th - John Holden hits 1st recorded HR (Bkln vs NY)
Sep 10th - George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora.
Sep 13th - Hamburg-US ship Austria catches fire & sinks, 471 die
Sep 16th - 1st overland mail for California
US President Abraham LincolnUS President Abraham Lincoln Sep 28th - Donati's comet becomes 1st to be photographed
Oct 21st - In Paris, the Can-Can is 1st performed
Oct 21st - Jacques Offenbach's opera "Orphée aux Enfers" premieres in Paris
Oct 26th - Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine
Oct 28th - R. H. Macy & Co opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC) Gross receipts $11.06
Nov 9th - 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra
Nov 17th - Origin of Modified Julian Period
Dec 12th - 1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent)
Dec 16th - Dutch government decides to vacate Schokland Island
Dec 18th - Passy, at Paris: 1st "Samedi soir" i/d villa of lovers Rossini

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