What Happened on December 9, 1868

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Fritz Haber, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1918), born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1934)