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First edition Atlantic Monthly
The cultural magazine
The Atlantic Monthly
appears for the first time.
Radetzky 1857
Josef Graf Radetzky
is retired.
The great Indian uprising
The Sepoy revolt
against the British colonial masters begins in India .
1857 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1305/06 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1849/50 (September 10-11)
Baha'i calendar 13/14 (March 20/21)
Bengali solar calendar 1262/63 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2400/01 (southern Buddhism); 2399/2400 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 75th (76th) cycle

Year of the Fire Snake丁巳 ( at the beginning of the year Fire Dragon 丙辰)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1219/20 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4190/91 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1235/36 (around March 21)
Islamic calendar 1273/74 (August 21/22)
Jewish calendar 5617/18 (September 18-19)
Coptic calendar 1573/74 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 1032/33
Rumi Calendar (Ottoman Empire) 1272/73 (March 1)
Seleucid era Babylon: 2167/68 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2168/69 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1913/14 (April)


Politics and world events

The Indian uprising of 1857

Indian states during the 1857 uprising
The arrest of Bahadur Shah

Further colonies of the British Empire


Switzerland / Prussia

Constant Fornerod
The «Federal City Hall» in 1857 (with a tower with a flag that was never built)

Other events in Europe

Emperor Napoleon III, King Wilhelm I and Tsar Alexander II at the meeting of two emperors in Stuttgart in 1857
The Swedish Royal Family 1857

United States of America

The inauguration of James Buchanan


Money economy and economic crisis

Bank rush 1857

Commercial exhibitions

Business start-ups and trading

Title head of the first edition of Harper's Weekly, January 3, 1857
Title page of the first edition of the Perno Postimees


La Porteña locomotive
  • August 29th : In Argentina, the first railroad runs from the Plaza del Parque station in Buenos Aires to Floresta .
The routing of the Butterfield Overland Mail

science and technology

Voyages of discovery

The SMS Novara shortly before their departure


Biology and anthropology

Technical achievements

Phonautograph by Scott de Martinville

Teaching and Research



Visual arts

The Two Ways of Life


Music and theater

The first Teatro Colón




  • January 9th : The strong Fort Tejon earthquake shakes large parts of California . The tremor can be compared to the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco . The epicenter is believed to be in the town of Parkfield . Because of the sparsely populated area in the affected area, there is less personal injury than property damage.
  • February 13 : After casting off in New York, the passenger steamer Tempest of the British Anchor Line disappears without a trace on the North Atlantic with 150 people on board.
  • August 20 : At the entrance to Sydney Harbor, the British clipper Dunbar shattered on the rocky shore in strong winds and heavy rain. Of the 122 people on board, only one survived.
Representation of the sinking of Central America by J. Childs
  • September 12 : A hurricane causes the sinking of the US passenger liner Central America on its way from Havana to New York. 149 people can be rescued by two ships, 429 people are killed. With the cargo over 13 tons of gold cargo go down from California, which will lead to a rescue operation in 1987.
  • November 18 : The powder tower in Mainz fortress explodes. 208 quintals of primers and over 600 flares are in this magazine. Within a few seconds, 57 houses on Kästrich are destroyed. Major property damage occurs to a further 64 buildings and the fortifications.
  • December 16 : A strong earthquake occurs in Basilicata, killing over 11,000. The Irish geophysicist Robert Mallet then travels to Italy to research the disaster.


The monk

Historical views and maps


January February

Max Klinger
Heinrich Hertz

March April

Gabriela Zapolska

May June

Otto Sidow

July August

Clara Zetkin, 1897
Albert Ballin

September October

William Howard Taft, 1908

November December

Alfonso XII from Spain

Exact date of birth unknown


January to April

May to August

September to December

Joseph von Eichendorff, 1832
Francis Beaufort

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