On This Day

Historical Events in December 1878

  • Dec 3 Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel

Historic Event

Dec 9 Joseph Pulitzer buys the St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500

Anglo-Zulu War

Dec 11 Anglo-Zulu War: British high commissioner Henry Bartle Frere presents an ultimatum to the Zulu Kingdom to submit to British rule or face war

  • Dec 12 Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
  • Dec 18 French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanelles, 210 killed
  • Dec 18 John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania
  • Dec 26 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 28 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Quod apostolici muneris (socialism)