On This Day

Year 1854 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 28 Republican Party formally organized in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Mar 28 Great Britain and France declare war on Russia, expanding the Crimean War
  • Jun 21 First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands (Crimean War)
  • Sep 20 Battle of the Alma: British, French and Ottoman alliance defeat the Russian Empire in the 1st major battle of the Crimean War
  • Oct 17 French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
  • Oct 21 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War
  • Oct 25 The infamous "Charge of the Light Brigade" during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War results in over 100 killed
  • Dec 3 Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences
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Historical Marriages

  • Apr 24 Austria's Franz Joseph I marries Elisabeth A E "Sissi"
  • Jun 29 English Novelist and author of "Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë marries curate Arthur Bell Nicholls
  • Sep 22 Future railroad magnate Mark Hopkins Jr. marries Mary Sherwood