What Happened in 1853

Historical Events

  • Jun 24 US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)
  • Jul 8 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade
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1853 in Music

Did You Know?

William Wells Brown publishes "Clotel", 1st novel by an African American

On July 6, 1853

Would You Believe?

Dinner party held inside life-sized model of an Iguanodon (ornithopod dinosaur), created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in South London

On December 30, 1853

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 30 Emperor and French President Napoleon III marries Eugenie de Montijo, Countess of Teba
  • May 19 Dutch prince Henry marries princess Amalia of Saxony-Weimar
  • Jun 17 Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie (31) weds second wife Jane Sym

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