Category Archives: 1850s

‘Wedding March’ becomes popular wedding processional 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 25 1858)


Video: 'Mendelssohn's Wedding March'

(Monday, January 25, 1858) — The Wedding March, composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1842, was played today at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Prince Friedrich of Prussia, at St James’s Palace in London, and becomes a popular wedding processional. Continue reading ‘Wedding March’ becomes popular wedding processional 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 25 1858)

U.S. President William Howard Taft born in Cincinnati 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 15 1857)


Video: '#27 William Howard Taft'

(Tuesday, September 15, 1857)William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), was born today in Cincinnati, Ohio. Continue reading U.S. President William Howard Taft born in Cincinnati 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 15 1857)

120 people killed in Mountain Meadows massacre 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 11 1857)


Video: 'Mountain Meadows Massacre'

(Friday, September 11, 1857) — 120 members (men, women and older children) of the Baker–Fancher immigrant wagon train from northwestern Arkansas were slaughtered by Mormon militiamen (aided by Paiute Indians) today in present-day southern Utah in what became known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Continue reading 120 people killed in Mountain Meadows massacre 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 11 1857)

Panic of 1857 sets off severe economic crisis 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 24 1857)


Video: 'Panic of 1857'

(Monday, August 24, 1857) — The Panic of 1857 began today when the president of Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company announced that its New York branch had suspended payments, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history. Continue reading Panic of 1857 sets off severe economic crisis 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 24 1857)

Supreme Court rules slaves cannot sue for freedom in federal court 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 6 1857)


Video: 'The Dred Scott Case'

(Friday, March 6, 1857) — In a 7–2 decision written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, an enslaved man of “the negro African race” who had been taken by his owners to free states and territories, could not be an American citizen and therefore had no standing to sue for his freedom in federal court. Continue reading Supreme Court rules slaves cannot sue for freedom in federal court 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 6 1857)

Buchanan inaugurated as 15th U.S. President, Breckinridge as 14th VP 160 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1857)

(Wednesday, March 4, 1857, at about 1:30 p.m. local time) — Former Secretary of State James Buchanan of Pennsylvania was inaugurated today as the 15th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with Chief Justice Roger Taney administering the oath of office. Continue reading Buchanan inaugurated as 15th U.S. President, Breckinridge as 14th VP 160 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1857)

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson born in Staunton, Virginia 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 28 1856)


Video: 'American Presidents - Woodrow Wilson 28th US President'

(Sunday, December 28, 1856)Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921), was born Thomas Woodrow Wilson today at 18–24 North Coalter Street in Staunton, Virginia. Continue reading U.S. President Woodrow Wilson born in Staunton, Virginia 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 28 1856)

Buchanan decisively defeats Fremont in presidential election 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1856)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1856'

(Tuesday, November 4, 1856, during the 1856 presidential campaign) — Democratic former Secretary of State James Buchanan of Pennsylvania was elected President of the United States today over Republican former Senator John C. Fremont of California. Continue reading Buchanan decisively defeats Fremont in presidential election 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1856)