Historical Events for Year 1855
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Jan 9th - Clipper Guiding Star disappears in Atlantic, 480 dead
Jan 23rd - The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
Jan 28th - The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
Jan 31st - Western railroads blocked by snow
Feb 3rd - Wisconsin Supreme Ct declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
Feb 4th - Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
Feb 5th - British government of Palmerston forms
Feb 8th - The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
Feb 10th - US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship
Feb 11th - Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam.
Feb 12th - Michigan State University was established.
Feb 14th - Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
Feb 24th - US Court of Claims forms for cases against government
Mar 2nd - Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
Mar 3rd - US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use
Mar 3rd - US Congress authorizes registered mail
Mar 6th - Gustave Flaubert writes goodbye to Louise Colet
Mar 8th - 1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls
Mar 15th - Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine
Mar 24th - Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas
Mar 27th - Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
Apr 21st - 1st train crosses Miss River's 1st bridge, Rock Is Ill-Davenport Ia
Apr 26th - Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
Apr 28th - 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston
May 3rd - Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
May 5th - NYC regains Castle Clinton, to be used for immigration
Jun 1st - US adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, reestablishes slavery
Jun 2nd - The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.
Jun 5th - Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party's 1st convention
Jun 13th - Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris)
Jun 17th - Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed
Jun 20th - Commissioners appointed to lay out SF streets west of Larkin
Jun 28th - The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University
Poet Walt Whitman Jul 4th - In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.
Jul 20th - 1st train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in Netherlands
Jul 31st - Hottest July in Stockholm since at least 1756 (21.4°C avg)
Aug 1st - Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants
Aug 3rd - Rotterdam-Gouda railway opens
Aug 4th - John Bartlett publishes "Familiar Quotations"
Aug 9th - Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising
Sep 3rd - Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under American General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village, killing 100 men, women, and children.
Sep 8th - Crimean war - assault of Malakof Tower under Patrice de Mac-Mahon, Duke of Magenta
Sep 27th - George F Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle," 2nd American opera, opens in NYC
Oct 9th - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor
Oct 9th - Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass patents 1st calliope
Oct 17th - Bessemer steelmaking process patented
Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt Oct 18th - Franz Liszt's "Prometheus," premieres
Nov 17th - David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.