Decades: 1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s 1840s - 1850s - 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s
Years: 1847 1848 1849 1850 1851 - 1852 - 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857
January 14 - President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte proclaims a new constitution for the French Second Republic.
January 17 - United Kingdom recognizes independence of the Transvaal
Devil's Island penal colony opens
February 11 - First British public toilet for women opens in Bedford Street, London
February 15 - Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits first patient
February 16 - Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established
November - Franklin Pierce defeats Winfield Scott in the U.S. presidential election
November 7 - President Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor Napoleon III of France
November 21/November 22 New French Empire confirmed by plebiscite: 7,824,000 for, 253,000 against
December 2 - Napoleon III becomes Emperor of France.
Year in topic
1852 in art
1852 in literature
March 20 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published
April 1 - Edwin Austin Abbey, American painter
April 13 - F.W. Woolworth, merchant/businessman, founder of Woolworth's
April 22 - Grand Duke Guillaume IV of Luxembourg
May 4 - Alice Pleasance Liddell, inspiration for the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
May 31 - Julius Richard Petri, German bacteriologist, inventor of Petri dish.
November 11 - Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, chief of Austro-Hungarian general staff for much of World War I.
December 15 - Henri Becquerel, French physicist
January 6 - Louis Braille, teacher, developed writing system for the blind
September 14 - Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, British commander at the Battle of Waterloo and Prime Minister.
November 30 - Junius Brutus Booth, English actor.
Heads of state in 1852