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Historical Events in February 1876

  • Feb 2 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • Feb 3 Albert Spalding invests $800 to start sporting goods company, manufacturing first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football
  • Feb 7 US President Grant's private secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring
  • Feb 14 Alexander G. Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • Feb 15 Historic Elm at Boston blown down
  • Feb 17 Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine
  • Feb 18 Direct telegraph link established between Britain and New Zealand
  • Feb 22 Johns Hopkins University opens

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Feb 24 Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" premieres in Oslo

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen