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  • Melbourne, Australia
    Monday Apr 21, 1856

    Labor day

    The first march for an eight-hour day by the labor movement occurred

    Melbourne, Australia
    Monday Apr 21, 1856

    Labor Day in Australia is a public holiday on dates which vary between states and territories. It is the first Monday in October in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. In Victoria and Tasmania, it is the second Monday in March (though the latter calls it Eight Hours Day). In Western Australia, Labor Day is the first Monday in March. In Queensland and the Northern Territory, Labor Day occurs on the first Monday in May (though the latter calls it May Day). It is on the fourth Monday of March in the territory of Christmas Island. The first march for an eight-hour day by the labor movement occurred in Melbourne on 21 April 1856.




  • Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    Abraham Lincoln

    Bloomington Convention

    Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    As the 1856 elections approached, Lincoln joined the Republicans and attended the Bloomington Convention, which formally established the Illinois Republican Party. The convention platform endorsed Congress's right to regulate slavery in the territories and backed the admission of Kansas as a free state.




  • Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln's Lost Speech

    Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    Lincoln gave the final speech of the convention supporting the party platform and called for the preservation of the Union.




  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 18, 1856

    Abraham Lincoln

    June 1856 Republican National Convention

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 18, 1856

    At the June 1856 Republican National Convention, though Lincoln received support to run as vice president, John C. Frémont and William Dayton comprised the ticket, which Lincoln supported throughout Illinois. The Democrats nominated former Secretary of State James Buchanan and the Know-Nothings nominated former Whig President Millard Fillmore.




  • Smiljan, Austrian Empire (Present day Smiljan, Croatia)
    Friday Jul 11, 1856

    Nikola Tesla

    Birth

    Smiljan, Austrian Empire (Present day Smiljan, Croatia)
    Friday Jul 11, 1856

    Nikola Tesla was born an ethnic Serb in the village of Smiljan, wihin the Military Frontier, in the Austrian Empire (present day Croatia), on 10 July [O.S. 28 June] 1856.




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