On This Day

What Happened on December 18, 1878

Historical Events

  • French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanelles, 210 killed
  • John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJoseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin, Dictator and General Secretary of the Soviet Union (1922-53), born in Gori, Tiflis Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1953)

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

1878 Highlights

About December 18, 1878

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 141 years, 10 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Sagittarius