Historical Events in January 1858

  • Jan 1 Canada begins using decimal currency system
  • Jan 9 Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
  • Jan 14 French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed

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Jan 25 Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia

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  • Jan 30 Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
  • Jan 30 William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, "Leap to Freedom"