On This Day

What Happened in 1876

Important Events

  • Feb 14 Alexander G. Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • Feb 17 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • Mar 7 Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone in the US
  • Jun 25 Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as "Custer's Last Stand"
  • Oct 31 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed

More Historical Events

1876 in Music

1876 in Sport

  • Feb 3 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • Apr 22 1st National League game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5


World Leaders in 1876

Famous People in 1876

Would You Believe?

Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia

On June 5, 1876

Famous Weddings