On This Day

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
  • 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.
  • Feb 21 World's 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)

Music Premiere

Feb 22 Peter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F premieres at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow [February 10 O.S.]

  • Feb 22 Greenback Labor Party forms (Toledo, Ohio)

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 28 US congress authorizes large-size silver certificate