On This Day

What Happened in 1855

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 Clipper "Guiding Star" disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead
  • Jan 23 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 28 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway
  • Jan 31 Western railroads blocked by snow
  • Jan 31 The government of Lord Aberdeen in the United Kingdom falls following heavy scrutiny of the Crimean War
  • Feb 3 Wisconsin Supreme Coutt declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
  • Feb 4 Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
  • Feb 6 British government of Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston forms
  • Feb 8 The Devil's Footprints, hoof-like marks mysteriously appear for over 60km after a snowfall in southern Devon, England
  • Feb 10 US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship

More Historical Events

Did You Know?

American inventor Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor

On October 9, 1855


World Leaders in 1855

Famous People in 1855

Would You Believe?

The Devil's Footprints, hoof-like marks mysteriously appear for over 60km after a snowfall in southern Devon, England

On February 8, 1855

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 16 Salvation Army founder William Booth marries Catherine Mumford
  • Nov 14 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart (22) weds Flora Cooke in Fort Riley, Kansas