- 1st British government of Gladstone forms
The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
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- Fritz Haber, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1918), born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1934)
Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 151 years, 6 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes
Star Sign: Sagittarius