The 1850s decade ran from January 1, 1850, to December 31, 1859.

Wars

Internal conflicts

Prominent political events

Assassinations

The 1850s were marked by several notable assassinations and assassination attempts:

Science

Economics

Environment

Society

  • The word girlfriend first appears in writing in 1855.
  • The word boyfriend first appears in writing in 1856.

Literature

People

World leaders

Births

Deaths