Divorce becomes a little easier in the United Kingdom
Newly instituted under an act of Parliament, the Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Court meets for the first time in the United Kingdom. With Lord Campbell presiding with two other High Court judges, the court grants five divorces. Previous to this a divorce could only be obtained through a full individual act of Parliament. Not surprisingly, there had been by 1857 only 317 divorces in England since the reign of Henry VIII. (By John Osborne)
Benjamin Vincent, Haydn's Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information Relating to all Ages and Nations (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1906), 403.