On This Day

December 1877 in History

Events in History

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"

  • Dec 22 Thomas Edison's phonograph is announced by Scientific American
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 31 Lawrence Beesley, English journalist and author, born in Wirksworth, United Kingdom (d. 1967)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 7 Benjamin Huger, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Jared Kirtland, American physician, naturalist and reformed penitentiaries, dies at 84
  • Dec 12 José de Alencar, Brazilian writer (O Guarani), dies at 48
  • Dec 23 Thomas Wright, English antiquarian and writer, dies at 87
  • Dec 24 Robert Parker Parrott, American inventor (developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott gun), dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov, Russian poet, writer and publisher (Russkije Zjenjshiny), dies at 56
  • Dec 29 Willem Sassen, Dutch attorney general on Curacao (Affair-S), dies
  • Dec 31 Gustave Courbet, French realist painter (Demoiselles the la Seine), dies at 58