On This Day

Historical Events in December 1877

  • Dec 2 Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns' opera "Samson et Dalila" premieres in Weimar

Music Recording

Dec 6 Thomas Edison records himself reciting "Mary had a little lamb"

  • Dec 6 Washington Post publishes 1st edition

Thomas Edison's Phonograph

Dec 7 Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of "Scientific American"

Music Premiere

Dec 16 Anton Bruckner's 3rd Symphony in D, premieres

  • Dec 22 Thomas Edison's phonograph is announced by Scientific American
  • Dec 22 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
  • Dec 24 Thomas Edison files a patents for the phonograph
  • Dec 26 Socialist Labor Party of North America holds 1st national convention
  • Dec 28 John Stevens, applies for a patent for his flour rolling mill

Music Premiere

Dec 30 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna