What Happened in October 1856

Historical Events

  • Oct 7 Cyrus Chambers Jr patents folding machine that folds book & newspapers
  • Oct 8 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River
  • Oct 19 James Kelly and Jack Smith fight bareknuckle for 6h15m in Melbourne
  • Oct 20 Arnhem-Oberhausen railway in Netherlands opens
  • Oct 24 Constitution of South Australia adopted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 28 French Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin performs for Algerian Marabouts in Algeria to convince them that French magic is the stronger


Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 15 R G Nivelle, French military man
  • Oct 25 Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist (discovery and descriptions of the Neandertal remains from the Huŝnjakova rock shelter at Krapina in northwestern Croatia), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1936)
  • Oct 28 Franz Xavier Arens, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 10 Michal Wielhorski, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 19 William Sprague III, American politician from Rhode Island (b. 1799)
  • Oct 29 Carel SW van Hogendorp, colonial director, dies at 68