On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 1877

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Historic InventionThomas Edison's Phonograph

Thomas Edison completes 1st model for the phonograph, a device that recorded sound onto tinfoil cylinders
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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878

Famous Deaths

  • James Drummond, Scottish historical painter, (b. 1816)