Queen Victoria's refusal to dismiss those of her attendants married to Whig politiciians precipitated a constitutional conflict called ...
Robert Peel hoped to force out Victoria's influential ladies of the bedchamber loyal to Lord Melbourne
Victoria eventually gave way and dismissed three of her ladies
08 October, 1856
The Arrow Incident
Chinese authorities board the Arrow off Canton, and put the crew in prison for suspected piracy. British warships bombard Canton in response.