What Happened in December 1877

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar

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Dec 6 First recording made of the human voice - Thomas Edison reciting "Mary had a little lamb"

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Dec 6 Washington Post publishes 1st edition
  • Dec 7 Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of "Scientific American"
  • Dec 15 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph
  • Dec 16 Anton Bruckner's 3rd Symphony in D, premieres
  • Dec 22 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
  • Dec 26 Socialist Labor Party of North America holds 1st national convention
  • Dec 28 John Stevens, applies for a patent for his flour rolling mill
  • Dec 30 Johnannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 8 Paul Emile Ladmirault, composer
  • Dec 13 Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, composer
  • Dec 14 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music writer/composer (Leiecyclys)
  • Dec 18 Max Pallenberg, Austria, actor (Brave Suender)/husb of Fritzi Massary
  • Dec 22 Endre Ady, Hungary, lyric poet
  • Dec 31 Lawrence Beesley, English journalist and author (d. 1967)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 10 Federico Ricci, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 10 Jared Kirtland, US physician/naturalist, dies
  • Dec 12 Jose M de Alencar, Brazilian writer/minister of Justice, dies at 48
  • Dec 27 Nikolai A Nekrasov, Russian poet (Metshty into Zvuki), dies at 56
  • Dec 29 Willem Sassen, Dutch attorney general on Curacao (Affair-S), dies
  • Dec 31 Alberto Mazzucato, composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 31 JD Gustave Courbet, French painter (Baigneuses), dies at 58