On This Day

What Happened in 1871

Important Events in 1871

  • 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

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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
  • Mar 27 1st international rugby union match - Scotland 1, England 0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh

Did You Know?

Henry Morton Stanley encounters David Livingstone at Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa, with the immortal words 'Dr Livingstone, I presume?'

On November 10, 1871


Famous People in 1871

World Leaders 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

Famous Weddings in 1871


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