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

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

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

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

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


politics and world affairs

The Indian Rebellion of 1857

Indian states during the 1857 rebellion
The arrest of Bahadur Shah

Other colonies of the British Empire



Constant Fornerod
The "Federal Town 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 the two emperors in Stuttgart in 1857
The Swedish royal family in 1857

United States of America

The Inauguration of James Buchanan


monetary economy and economic crisis

Bank Rush 1857
  • August 24: The Depression of 1857 begins with the collapse of the Ohio Life Insurance Company .

trade exhibitions

Entrepreneurship and Commerce

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


  • May 7th: The first section of what will later become the Landau–Rohrbach railway line is opened. It runs from Homburg via Schwarzenacker and Einöd to Zweibrücken.
Locomotive La Porteña
  • August 29: In Argentina, the first railway runs on the line from 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 just before her departure


  • At Callanish in Scotland, excavations of the local menhirs take place for the first time .

biology and anthropology

Technical achievements

Phonautograph by Scott de Martinville

Teaching and Research



Visual arts

The Two Ways of Life


music and theatre

The first Teatro Colon




  • January 9: The powerful Fort Tejon earthquake shakes large parts of California . The tremor is comparable to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake . The epicenter is believed to be in the town of Parkfield . Due to the sparse population of the affected area, the result is less personal injury than property damage.
  • February 13: After leaving New York, the British Anchor Line's passenger liner Tempest disappears without a trace on the North Atlantic with 150 people on board.
  • August 20: At the entrance to Sydney Harbour, the British clipper Dunbar wrecked on the rocky shore in strong winds and heavy rain. Of the 122 people on board, only one survived.
Depiction of the sinking of the Central America by J. Childs
  • September 12: A hurricane causes the sinking of the US liner Central America en route from Havana to New York. 149 people can be rescued by two ships, 429 people die. It goes down with the cargo of over 13 tons of gold cargo from California, which will lead to a salvage operation in 1987.
  • November 18: The powder tower in the fortress of Mainz explodes. This magazine contains 208 hundredweight primers and over 600 flares. Within a few seconds, 57 houses on Kästrich are destroyed. A further 64 buildings and the fortifications suffered major material damage.
  • December 16: A strong earthquake occurs in Basilicata , causing over 11,000 deaths. Irish geophysicist Robert Mallet then travels to Italy to research the catastrophe.


The monk

Historical views and maps


January February

Max Klinger
Heinrich Hertz

March April

Gabriela Zapolska

May June

Otto Sidow

July August

  • 0July 1: Georg Bassler , German printer and labor leader (died 1900)
Clara Zetkin, 1897
Albert Ballins

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

Exact date of death unknown

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