What Happened in 1858

Significant Events

  • 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
More Historical Events

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

Did You Know?

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


World Leaders in 1858

Famous People in 1858

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 26 Inventor Cyrus McCormick (48) weds Nancy Fowler
  • Feb 10 US President Millard Fillmore (58) weds Caroline Carmichael (43) in Albany, New York
  • Jun 18 Norwegian modernist playwright "The Doll's House" Henrik Ibsen (30) marries Suzannah Thoresen (21) in Oslo
  • Nov 11 20th US President James Garfield (26) weds Lucretia Rudolph (26) in Hiram, Ohio