On This Day

What Happened on May 25, 1878

Historical Events


Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert

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Person of interestBill Robinson

Bill Robinson "Bojangles", American actor and tap dancer (Stormy Weather, The Little Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1949)

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson

1878 Highlights

About May 25, 1878

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 142 years, 10 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Gemini