On This Day

What Happened on December 9, 1868

Historical Events

  • 1st British government of Gladstone forms

UKPalace of Westminster

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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The Palace of Westminster, London
The Palace of Westminster, London

Famous Birthdays

  • Fritz Haber, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1918), born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1934)
1868 Highlights

About December 9, 1868

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 151 years, 6 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Sagittarius