Decades: 1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s 1840s - 1850s - 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s
Years: 1848 1849 1850 1851 1852 - 1853 - 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858
January 19 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il Trovatore premieres in Rome
January 21 - Russell L. Hawes patents the envelope folding machine.
January - Napoleon III marries the Spanish Countess Eugčnie at the Tuileries
July 8 Commodore Perry arrives in Edo Bay with a request for a trade treaty
August 24 - Potato chips first prepared.
November 15 - Maria II of Portugal is succeeded by her son Pedro
November 30 - Crimean War: Battle of Sinope - The Russian fleet destroys the Turkish fleet.
December 30 - Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest
Donald McKay builds The Great Republic, the world's biggest sailing ship, which at 4,500 tons was too large to be successful
Isambard Kingdom Brunel began work on the Great Eastern passenger steamer
Franklin Pierce succeeds Millard Fillmore as President of the United States of America
Start of Crimean War
Independent Santa Cruz Maya of Eastern Yucatan recognized as an independent nation by British Empire
Iesada succeeds Ieoshi as Japanese Shogun
Beginning of the Late Tokugawa shogunate, the last part of the Edo period in Japan.
Year in topic
1853 in art
1853 in literature
January 28 - Jose Marti, revolutionary (+ 1895)
March 14 - Ferdinand Hodler, painter (+ 1918)
March 30 - Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter
May 28 - Carl Larsson, painter (+ 1919)
July 5 - Cecil Rhodes, South African politician
July 18- Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate
January 16 - Matteo Carcassi, Italian composer
July 23 - Ieoshi, Japanese Shogun
November 15 - Maria II of Portugal\n