What Happened in December 1878

Historical Events

  • 1st 1st White House telephone installed
  • 3rd Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel
  • 9th Joseph Pulitzer buys St Louis Dispatch for $2,500
  • 12th Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing "St Louis Dispatch"
  • 18th French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanelles, 210 killed
  • 18th John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania.
  • 26th 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
  • 28th Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Quod apostolici muneris (socialism)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Arthur B Spingarn, US NAACP-chairman (1940-65)
  • 5th Arrigo Pedrollo, composer
  • 7th Akiko Yosano, Japan, poet (Tangled Hair)
  • 10th Rajaji, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India (d. 1972)
  • 15th Hans Carossa, German writer, born in Tölz, Bavaria (d. 1956)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

18th Joseph Stalin [Josef], Gori, Russian Empire, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-1953), (d. 1953)

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 19th Anton Lajovic, composer
  • 21st Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 23rd Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)
  • 25th W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • 25th Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 26th Isaiah Bowman, US, geography/co-founder (Geographical Review)
  • 30th William Aberhart, Canadian politician (d. 1943)
  • 31st Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan author/poet (El Crimen del Otro)
  • 31st Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (d. 1966)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

4th Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker

Famous Deaths

  • 19th Bayard Taylor, American author and poet (b. 1825)
  • 25th Anna Claypoole Peale, US painter of miniatures, dies
  • 28th Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer, dies at 90