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What Happened in 1858

Important Events in 1858

  • Feb 11 First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
  • Apr 10 "Big Ben", a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • Jun 16 Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate
  • Jul 1 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society
  • Aug 2 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown

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1858 in Music

  • Oct 21 Jacques Offenbach's operetta " Orpheus in the Underworld" (Orphée aux Enfers) premieres in Paris, includes "Infernal Galop" (can-can tune)
  • Nov 9 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra

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First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service

On July 28, 1858

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