On This Day

What Happened in 1877

Important Events

  • Apr 15 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville in Massachusetts
  • Apr 24 Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78: Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire
  • Jul 11 Kate Edger becomes New Zealand’s first woman graduate and first woman in the British Empire to earn a Bachelor of Arts
  • Sep 24 Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion
  • Nov 29 US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time
  • Dec 22 Thomas Edison's phonograph is announced by Scientific American
More Historical Events

1877 in Sport

  • Mar 31 Test Cricket debut of feared Australian fast bowler Fred "The Demon" Spofforth; Australia loses 2nd Test by 4 wickets vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Jul 9 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first offical lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only
  • Jul 19 1st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

World Leaders in 1877

Famous People in 1877

Would You Believe?

Thomas Edison records himself reciting "Mary had a little lamb"

On December 6, 1877

Famous Weddings