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Historical Events in February 1878

  • Feb 2 Greece declares war on Turkey
  • Feb 10 Pact of Zanj├│n signed between Cubans rebels and the Spanish bringing the 10 Years War to an end

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 10 Peter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F premieres

  • Feb 11 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • Feb 11 1st weekly weather report published in UK
  • Feb 12 Harvard player Frederick Thayer patents baseball catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
  • Feb 17 1st telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones
  • Feb 18 John Tunstall is murdered by outlaw Jessie Evans, sparking the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

Historic InventionThomas Edison's Phonograph

Feb 19 Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)

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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
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  • Feb 21 World's 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)
  • Feb 22 Greenback Labor Party forms (Toledo, Ohio)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 28 Congress overrides US President Rutherford B. Hayes veto of the Bland-Allison Act, requiring the Treasury to buy a certain amount of silver and put it into circulation as silver dollars

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Feb 28 US congress authorizes large-size silver certificate