On This Day

Events in History in May 1878

  • May 2 US stops minting 20 cent coin

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May 8 David Edward Hughes' paper on the idea for a microphone is read before the Royal Society of London by Thomas Henry Huxley

  • May 13 Danvers State Lunatic Hospital, which served as the inspiration behind H.P. Lovercraft Arkham Sanitorium which in turn inspired DC Comics' Arkham Asylum, is opened in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • May 14 Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)
  • May 19 Blanche Kelso Bruce appointed register of treasury by President Garfield
  • May 23 Attorney John Henry Smyth named US minister to Liberia
  • May 24 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race at Beacon Park in Boston
  • May 31 German battleship SMS Grosser Kurfürst sinks, 284 killed
  • May 31 US Congress accepts decrease in dollar circulation