What Happened in 1856

Significant Events

  • Feb 7 The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.
  • Mar 30 Russia signs the Treaty of Paris, ending the Crimean War
  • Jun 9 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts
  • Jun 17 Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
  • Oct 8 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)

On February 22, 1856


World Leaders in 1856

Famous People in 1856

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 5 Industrialist Samuel Colt (41) weds philanthropist Elizabeth Hart Jarvis (29)