Historical Events in December 1871

  • Dec 12 Jules Janssen discovers dark lines in solar corona spectrum
  • Dec 19 Albert L Jones (NYC), patents corrugated paper
  • Dec 24 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo
  • Dec 26 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.