| This Year In|
- The Taiping Rebellion in China.
- The Royal Ethernautical Society is founded with the mandate to "exploit the phenomena of the Luminiferous Ether and Celestial Phlogiston for aerial exploration and to investigate the uncharted altitudes of the heavens."
- May 1: Within the Crystal Palace in London's Hyde Park is held the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, between May 1 and October 18. At the Exhibition, under the patronage of Prince Albert (consort to Queen Victoria), the remnants of the Order of Reason are re-forged into the Technocratic Union. Despite this reorganization, some elements of the old Order's decadence still remain. They're formed with twin ideals: bring peace and stability to Europe, and then the world; use science and technology to create a paradise on Earth.