On This Day

What Happened in 1854

Historical Events

  • Feb 28 Republican Party formally organized in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Mar 28 Great Britain and France declare war on Russia, expanding the Crimean War
  • Jun 21 First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands (Crimean War)
  • Sep 20 Battle of the Alma: British, French and Ottoman alliance defeat the Russian Empire in the 1st major battle of the Crimean War
  • Oct 17 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
  • Oct 21 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War
  • Oct 25 The infamous "Charge of the Light Brigade" during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War results in over 100 killed
  • Dec 3 Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences
  • More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Alfred Tennyson's poem "Charge of the Light Brigade" is published in "The Examiner"

On December 9, 1854

Would You Believe?

English newspaper "The Times" gives precise British positions in Crimea during Crimean War

On October 23, 1854

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 24 Austria's Franz Joseph I marries Elisabeth A E "Sissi"
  • Jun 29 English Novelist and author of "Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë marries curate Arthur Bell Nicholls
  • Sep 22 Future railroad magnate Mark Hopkins Jr. marries Mary Sherwood