What Happened in 1871

Historical Events

  • 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, Egypt

1871 in Sport

  • Jan 26 The Rugby Football Union is formed at a meeting of 21 clubs at the Pall Mall Restaurant, London, England
  • Mar 27 First international rugby union match - Scotland beats England, 1-0 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

Would You Believe?

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

On October 8, 1871

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