- 28-October-1853 : Hudson Taylor first leaves for China.
Crimean War: The Ottoman army crosses the Danube into Vidin/Kalafat in Wallachia.
- 30-November-1853 : Crimean War Battle of Sinop: The Russian fleet destroys the Turkish fleet.
- 27-March-1854 : Crimean War: The United Kingdom declares war on Russia.
- 20-September-1854 : Crimean War Alma: The FrenchFrenchBritish alliance wins the first battle of the war.
- 25-October-1854 : Crimean War Battle of Balaclava: The allies gain an overall victory, except for the disastrous cavalry Charge of the Light Brigade, from which only 200 of 700 men survive.
- 05-November-1854 : Crimean War Battle of Inkerman: The Russians are defeated.
- 29-January-1855 : Lord Aberdeen resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom over the management of the Crimean War.
- 07-April-1856 : The Treaty of Paris (1856) is signed, ending the Crimean War.
Nelson College is founded in Nelson, New Zealand.