1858 1859 1860
- France begins construction of the Suez Canal.
- Battle of Solferino.
- Romania is established through the union of the voivodeships of Moldova and Muntenia. Prince Alexendru Ioan Cuza becomes its first ruler.
- Former President Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Mrs Grant visit Tokyo.
- Francisco Ferrer is born.
- Alexis de Tocqueville dies.
- March 22: John Fletcher Pershing marries Ann Elizabeth Thompson. They produce John Joseph Pershing on September 13, 1860.
- November 24: Charles Darwin's Origin of Soecies is published. The first run of 1,250 copies sells out the first day.