What Happened in 1874

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 New York City annexes the Bronx
  • Jan 13 Battle between jobless & police in NYC, 100s injuried
  • Jan 13 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
  • Jan 14 I. D. Shadd elected Speaker of lower house of Mississippi legislature
  • Jan 17 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
  • Jan 21 Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa" premieres in Vienna
  • Jan 24 Gen J van Swieten conquerors Kraton Atjeh, after thousands die
  • Jan 24 Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" premieres in St Petersburg

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Jan 31 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • Feb 12 King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Is Hawaii, is 1st king to visit US
  • Feb 21 Benjamin Disraeli succeeds William Gladstone as British Prime Minister
  • Feb 21 Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication
  • Feb 23 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
  • Feb 27 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground
  • Mar 2 Baseball batter's box is officially adopted
  • Mar 10 Purdue University (Indiana) admits its 1st student
  • Mar 18 Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
  • Mar 22 Young Men's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC
  • Mar 26 35th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson aboard Reugny FRA wins
  • Apr 5 Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus" premieres in Vienna
  • Apr 5 Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, designed by Joseph Paxton, opens in Birkenhead, England
  • Apr 10 14th British Golf Open: Mungo Park shoots a 159 at Musselburgh Links
  • Apr 15 NY legislature passes compulsory education law

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Apr 16 Dr David Livingstone's body arrives in Southampton

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • Apr 18 David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey
  • Apr 19 Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire
  • Apr 27 White League, Paramilitary white supremacist organization, forms
  • May 5 Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
  • May 9 Victoria Embankment, in London opens
  • May 9 The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes.
  • May 12 US Assay Office in Helena, Montana, authorized
  • May 13 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
  • May 14 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats Uni of McGill (Montreal) 3-0
  • May 16 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Mass)
  • May 26 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
  • May 29 Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect
  • Jun 13 8th Belmont: G Barbee aboard Saxon wins in 2:39.5
  • Jun 20 1st US Lifesaving Medal awarded (Lucian Clemons)
  • Jun 22 Dr Andrew T Still, discovers the science of osteopathy
  • Jun 22 Game of lawn tennis introduced
  • Jun 28 Freedmen's Bank closes
  • Jun 29 Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis publishes a manifesto in the Athens daily Kairoi entitled "Who's to Blame?" in which he lays out his complaints against King George. He is elected Prime Minister of Greece the next year.
  • Jul 1 1st Chamber accept law against child labor
  • Jul 1 1st US kidnapping for ransom, 4-year-old Charles Ross, $20,000
  • Jul 1 1st US zoo opens (Philadelphia)
  • Jul 4 Social Democratic Workmen's Party of North America formed
  • Jul 7 27th Postmaster General: James W Marshall of NJ takes office
  • Jul 8 The Mounties (North West Mounted Police) begin their March West from Fort Dufferin
  • Jul 12 Ontario Agricultural College founded
  • Jul 12 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Gloria Scott" (BG)
  • Jul 23 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos is appointed the Archbishop of the Portuguese colonial enclave of Goa.
  • Jul 29 Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
  • Jul 30 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles
  • Jul 31 Patrick Francis Healy, SJ, inaugurated as President of Georgetown U
  • Aug 5 Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in England.
  • Aug 11 Harry S Parmelee patents sprinkler head
  • Aug 26 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
  • Sep 1 28th US Postmaster General: Marshall Jewell of Connecticut takes office
  • Sep 1 Sydney General Post Office opens in Australia
  • Sep 3 The congress of the state of México elevates Naucalpan to the category of Villa, with the title of "Villa de Juárez".
  • Sep 12 1874 The District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada is founded.
  • Sep 26 1st Grand International Rifle match held
  • Oct 1 Rotterdam opens drinking water pipes
  • Oct 9 World Postal Union forms in Bern Switzerland
  • Oct 10 Fiji becomes a British possession
  • Oct 15 Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force
  • Nov 3 James Theodore Holly, elected bishop of Haiti
  • Nov 4 Samuel J Tilden elected governor of NY

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Nov 7 1st cartoon depicting elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • Nov 17 Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
  • Nov 18 National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland
  • Nov 24 Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire
  • Nov 25 The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873.
  • Dec 8 Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas
  • Dec 15 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant
  • Dec 24 Pope Pius IX proclaims a jubilee for 1875

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 183

  • Jan 1 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer
  • Jan 1 Gustave Whitehead, German inventor (d. 1927)
  • Jan 1 Frank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944)
  • Jan 4 Josef Suk, Czech violinist/composer (Asrael)
  • Jan 4 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)

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Jan 5 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Joseph Erlanger
  • Jan 6 Fred Niblo, U.S. film actor, director, producer (d. 1948)
  • Jan 13 Jozef E van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechlin
  • Jan 14 Thornton Waldo Burgess, author (Peter Rabbit)
  • Jan 16 Robert Service, England, Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee)
  • Jan 22 Wincenty Witoz, Galicia, PM of Poland (1920-21, 1923, 1926)
  • Jan 22 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • Jan 24 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rico, archivist of African American history and culture
  • Jan 25 Hewlett Johnson, [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop
  • Jan 25 [William] Somerset Maugham, British novelist/poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France

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Jan 29 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • Jan 29 Robert Lach, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1958)
  • Feb 1 Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austria, poet/dramatist/essayist
  • Feb 3 Franklyn Dyall, actor (Easy Virtue), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 3 Gertrude Stein, Penn, author (Autobiography of Alice B Toklas)
  • Feb 6 Milton Bennett Medary, US, architect (Washington Chapel)
  • Feb 9 Amy Lowell, US poet/critic (Patterns, Sword Blades & Poppy Seed)
  • Feb 9 Vsevolod Meyerhold, Russian theatrical director/actor (Houligan)
  • Feb 11 Elsa Beskow, [Maartman], Swedish children's book/fairy tales author
  • Feb 11 Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer
  • Feb 13 Hendrik Spiekman, Dutch politician (social-democratic)
  • Feb 15 Emilis Melngailis, composer

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Feb 15 Ernest Shackleton, British-Irish polar explorer (Endurance, Antarctica), born in Kilkea, Ireland (d. 1922)

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton
Polar Explorer
Ernest Shackleton
  • Feb 16 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (d. 1935)
  • Feb 17 Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM)
  • Feb 20 Mary Garden, Aberdeen Scotland, opera star
  • Feb 22 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
  • Feb 23 Konstantin Päts, Estonian PM (1921-23, 1932-33), dictator (1933-40)

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Feb 24 Honus Wagner, Chartiers Pennsylvana, HOF shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Feb 26 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, born in Oberrohrdorf (d. 1958)
  • Feb 28 Soledad Jiminez, Santander Spain, actor (Phantom ofthe Range)
  • Mar 1 Jean de Merode, [Marie-Louise B Courtenay], Princess of Neth
  • Mar 5 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch writer (The World a Dancing Party)
  • Mar 5 Henry Travers, England, actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra)
  • Mar 9 Johann Richard Ohlsson, composer
  • Mar 12 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer
  • Mar 14 Anton F Philips, president-director of Philips
  • Mar 14 Mary Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, Pack Up Your Troubles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Harold L Ickes, social activist, New Deal politician
  • Mar 15 Eugène Fiset, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1951)
  • Mar 17 Kincsem, horse that never lost a race
  • Mar 17 Stephen Samuel Wise, US, President of Zionist Org of America
  • Mar 18 Nikolai Berdyaev, Russian philosopher (d. 1948)
  • Mar 19 Arthur Hoyt, Georgetown CO, actor (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along)
  • Mar 20 Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (d. 1945)
  • Mar 22 Ellen Glasgow, novelist

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Mar 24 Harry Houdini [Erich Weiss], Famous magician and escape artist, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1926)

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Mar 24 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president of Italy (1948-55)
  • Mar 26 Gerald du Maurier, actor (Power, Escape, Masks & Faces), born in London, England
  • Mar 26 Oskar Nedbal, composer

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Mar 26 Robert Frost, American poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)

  • Apr 3 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, composer
  • Apr 8 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)
  • Apr 9 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Little Violet)
  • Apr 14 Count Alexander, of Athlone, gov-gen (South-Africa/Canada)
  • Apr 15 Johannes Stark, Germany, physicist (Stark effect) (Nobel 1919)
  • Apr 15 George Harrison Shull, American plant geneticist (d. 1954)
  • Apr 18 Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, German author (d. 1941)
  • Apr 19 Firmin Baes, Flemish painter
  • Apr 19 Ernst Rüdin, Swiss psychiatrist, geneticist, and eugenicist (d. 1952)
  • Apr 24 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)
  • Apr 24 Willem E Roelofs, Dutch painter/cartoonist

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Apr 25 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian radio inventor (Nobel 1909), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1937)

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • Apr 26 J H "Biddy" Anderson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v Australia 1902)
  • Apr 28 Karl Kraus, satirical writer, born in Jičín, Austrian-Hungarian Empire (d. 1936)
  • Apr 28 Sidney Toler, Warrensburg MO, actor (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight)
  • Apr 30 Cyriel Verschaeve, Belgian priest/writer
  • May 1 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter , born in Rome, Italy
  • May 3 Francois Coty, Corsica, Corsican senator/perfume maker
  • May 3 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (d. 1954)
  • May 10 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (d. 1941)
  • May 12 Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian physician (Reaction of Pirquet)
  • May 13 Henry Clough-Leiter, composer
  • May 19 Gilbert Laird Jessop, cricketer (The Croucher)
  • May 20 Folkert E Posthuma, Dutch minister of Agriculture/Industry
  • May 22 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, born in Riebeek-Wes, Cape Colony (d. 1959)
  • May 22 Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer
  • May 26 Henry Farman, French aviation pioneer (double decker)
  • May 27 Dustin Farnum, US, actor (Squaw Man, Virginian) [or 1870]
  • May 27 Richard von Schaukal, Austria poet/writer (Eros Thanatos)
  • May 29 G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer (Man Who Made Gold), born in London, England
  • Jun 5 Jack Chesbro, baseball pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 in 1904)
  • Jun 7 Theodor Streicher, composer
  • Jun 11 Richard Stohr, composer
  • Jun 12 Willem Louis Frederic Landre, composer
  • Jun 13 Leopoldo Lugones, Argentina, writer
  • Jun 14 Edward Bowes, radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour)

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Jun 16 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1920-21, 1926), born in Anderson, Ontario (d. 1960)

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • Jun 17 Grant Mitchell, actor (Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Jun 19 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer (d. 1941)
  • Jun 26 Albert Relf, cricketer (England all-rounder in 13 Tests 1903-14)
  • Jun 26 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer
  • Jun 28 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), born in Canal Winchester, Ohio (d. 1948)
  • Jun 29 Georg Gohler, composer
  • Jul 1 Michel H Campen, author/critic (Bikoerim)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Ulysses S. Grant's daughter Nellie marries in the White House

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 24 Outlaw Jesse James marries cousin Zerelda 'Zee' Mimms

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Thomas Gregson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • Jan 8 Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian (b. 1814)
  • Jan 11 Gail Borden, American Manufacturer and Inventor of condensed milk, dies at 72
  • Jan 14 Johann Philipp Reis, German Physicist and Inventor, dies of lung disease at 40
  • Jan 17 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, dies at 62
  • Jan 19 H v Fallersleben, writer, dies at 75
  • Feb 3 Lunalilo, Hawaiian monarch (b. 1835)
  • Feb 8 David F Strauss, German theologist, dies at 66
  • Feb 9 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 24 Anselmo Clave, composer, dies at 49

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Mar 8 Millard Fillmore, 13th president (1850-53), dies at 74

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • Mar 11 Charles Sumner, a white civil rights leader, dies at 63
  • Mar 20 Hans Christian Lumbye, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)
  • Apr 4 Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
  • Apr 14 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch author/engineer on Curacao, dies at 86
  • Apr 19 Owen Jones, architect, dies
  • Apr 20 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (b. 1817)
  • May 1 Vilem Blodek, composer, dies at 39
  • Jun 8 Cochise, Apache leader
  • Jun 21 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (b. 1814)
  • Jun 22 Howard Staunton, English world chess champion, designer of chess pieces, dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Xavier FMG earl Merode, Belgium pontifical defense minister, dies at 54
  • Jul 12 Fritz Reuter, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (b. 1821)
  • Aug 22 Sydney Thompson Dobell, poet, dies
  • Aug 27 Johan George Schwartze, painter, dies
  • Aug 27 John Henry Foley, Irish sculptor (Prince Albert Memorial), dies at 56
  • Sep 12 François Guizot, French historian and statesman (b. 1787)
  • Sep 21 JBAL Leonce Elie the Beaumont, French geologist, dies at 75
  • Oct 6 Thomas Dyke Acland Tellefsen, composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 26 Peter Cornelius, German composer, dies at 49
  • Nov 2 Thomas Anderson, Scottish Chemist (discovered pyridine), dies at 55
  • Nov 9 Israel Bak, created 1st Hebrew printing press, dies
  • Dec 7 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (b. 1815)
  • Dec 16 Abraham Capadose, physician/missionary, dies at 79
  • Dec 22 Johann Peter Pixis, composer, dies at 86