On This Day

What Happened in 1878

Important Events in 1878

  • Feb 19 Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)
  • Jun 13 Congress of Berlin begins, determines the territories of the states in the Balkan peninsula following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78

More Historical Events

1878 in Film & TV

  • Jun 15 World's first moving pictures caught on camera (used 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse's hooves leave the ground

1878 in Music

  • May 25 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

1878 in Sport

  • Feb 11 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms

Famous People in 1878

World Leaders in 1878

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking

On September 25, 1878

Famous Weddings in 1878

  • Mar 20 53rd UK Prime Minister Archibald Primrose (31) weds heiress Hannah de Rothschild (27) at the Board of Guardians in Mount Street, London
  • Dec 4 Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland