1858 events in history

Jan 9 Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide
Jan 14 Napoleon III of France escapes an assassination attempt
Jan 25 The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn is played at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia, and becomes a popular wedding recessional
Jan 30 The first Hallé concert is given in Manchester, England, marking the official founding of The Hallé orchestra as a full-time, professional orchestra
Feb 11 Bernadette Soubirous's first vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France
Apr 10 After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonnes (32,000 lb) bell for the Palace of Westminster had cracked during testing, it is recast into the current 13.76 tonnes (30,300 lb) bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Apr 16 The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up
May 11 Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. State
May 15 Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London
Jun 16 The Battle of Morar takes place during the Indian Mutiny
Jun 16 Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois
Jun 18 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
Jul 1 Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London
Jul 29 United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty
Aug 5 Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month
Aug 7 The first Australian rules football match is played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College
Aug 11 The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren
Aug 16 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
Aug 20 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
Aug 23 The Round Oak rail accident occurs in Brierley Hill in the Black Country, England. It is 'Arguably the worst disaster ever to occur on British railways'
Sep 10 George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora
Nov 17 Modified Julian Day zero
Nov 22 Denver, Colorado, is founded