What Happened in 1871

Significant Events

  • Jan 18 Second German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck
  • Mar 21 Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa
  • Mar 26 Municipal elections bring revolutionaries to power in Paris to form Commune government
  • May 21 -July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die
More Historical Events

1871 in Music

  • Dec 24 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo

1871 in Sport

  • Jan 26 Formation of the first Rugby Union at a meeting at Pall Mall restaurant, London, England

Did You Know?

The first human cannonball, Emilio Onra, is fired

On November 21, 1871


World Leaders in 1871

Famous People in 1871

Would You Believe?

Forest fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin, killing between 1,200 and 2,500 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded history

On October 8, 1871

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