What Happened on May 14, 1878

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)

Famous Birthdays

  • James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)

Famous Deaths

  • Ookubo Toshimichi, Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration (b. 1830)