On This Day

What Happened in 1875

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Britain's Midlands Railway abolishes second class travel, ending the practice of carrying third class passengers in open air wagons [1]
  • Jan 5 Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
  • Jan 5 President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Jan 12 Kwang-su becomes Emperor of China
  • Jan 24 Camille Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre" premieres
  • Jan 25 Anti-slavery society forms in New York
  • Jan 26 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green
  • Feb 24 The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries
  • Feb 25 Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill
  • Mar 1 US Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Ct, 1883
  • More Historical Events

1875 in Music

  • Mar 3 Georges Bizet's last and greatest opera "Carmen" premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, France
  • Oct 25 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist

1875 in Sport

Would You Believe?

Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India

On April 17, 1875

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 4 Princess Louise of Belgium marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belgium
  • Dec 15 Sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (41) weds Jeanne-Emilie Baheux Puysieux in Newport, Rhode Island