This page lists news articles and events for the year 1856.
Events that happen on the specified date are listed under Events: entries. News articles that were published on the specified date are listed under News: entries. Events that only happened in fiction on the specified date are listed under Fiction: entries and are written in italics.
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- Event: Violence between pro and anti-slavery forces in the Kansas Territory rages over the summer, giving the territory the name of Bleeding Kansas
- February 8:
- Event: Abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher publishes an article encouraging people to send rifles to anti-slavery settlers in Kansas; these rifles become known as ''Beecher's Bibles"
- May 21:
- Event: Pro-slavery forces raid the town of Lawrence, Kansas
- May 24:
- Event: A group of Abolitionists, believed to be led by John Brown, seize and brutally murder five pro-slavery Kansas settlers.
- Event: Governor John W. Geary of Kansas orders a cease-fire in the war between anti-slavery and pro-slavery settlers, briefly bringing peace to Bleeding Kansas