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1858 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn becomes a popular wedding recessional after it is played on this day at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.
- January 30, 1858 – The first Hallé concert is given in Manchester, England, marking the official founding of the Hallé Orchestra as a full-time, professional orchestra.
- April 16, 1858 – The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
- June 16, 1858 – Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois.
- June 18, 1858 – Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin’s own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory.
- July 1, 1858 – Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
- July 29, 1858 – United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.
- August 16, 1858 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
- August 20, 1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory.
- November 17, 1858 – Modified Julian Day zero.
Who Were Born On 1858?
- January 11, 1858 – Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
- January 22, 1858 – Beatrice Webb, English economist (d. 1943)
- March 23, 1858 – Ludwig Quidde, German pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1941)
- April 23, 1858 – Ethel Mary Smyth, English composer (d. 1944)
- June 17, 1858 – Ebenezer Sumner Draper, 44th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1914)
- June 29, 1858 – George Washington Goethals, American army engineer (d. 1928)
- July 9, 1858 – Franz Boas, German anthropologist (d. 1942)
- July 31, 1858 – Richard Dixon Oldham, British geologist (d. 1936)
- October 15, 1858 – John L. Sullivan, American boxer (d. 1918)
- October 27, 1858 – Theodore Roosevelt, American politician, 33rd Governor of New York, 25th Vice President of the United States, 26th President of the United States, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1919)