On This Day

What Happened on May 13, 1878

Historical Events

  • Danvers State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, opens—later serves as inspiration for Arkham Sanitorium in the work of H.P. Lovecraft, which in turn inspired Arkham Asylum of the D.C. Batman universe
  • Danvers State Lunatic Hospital, which served as the inspiration behind H.P. Lovercraft Arkham Sanitorium which in turn inspired DC Comics' Arkham Asylum, is opened in Danvers, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

  • Muriel Robb, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1902), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1907)

Famous Deaths

  • Joseph Henry, American scientist and pioneer of electromagnetism, dies at 80
1878 Highlights

About May 13, 1878

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 143 years, 1 month and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Taurus