October 1856 in History

Events in History

  • 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


Birthdays in History


Person of interestTimothy Thomas Fortune

Oct 3 Timothy Thomas Fortune, American orator, civil rights leader, writer and publisher (New York Age), born in Marianna, Florida (d. 1928)

Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader Timothy Thomas Fortune
Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader
Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • Oct 15 Robert Nivelle, French military officer, born in Tulle, France (d. 1924)
  • 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)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 19 William Sprague III, American politician from Rhode Island (b. 1799)
  • Oct 23 Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, dies at 73
  • Oct 29 Carel SW van Hogendorp, colonial director, dies at 68