Historical Events for Year 1874
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Jan 1st - New York City annexes the Bronx
Jan 13th - Battle between jobless & police in NYC, 100s injuried
Jan 13th - US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
Jan 14th - I D Shadd elected Speaker of lower house of Miss legislature
Jan 17th - Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
Jan 21st - Franz Grillparzer's "Libussa," premieres in Vienna
Jan 24th - Gen J van Swieten conquerors Kraton Atjeh, after thousands die
Jan 24th - Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov," premieres in St Petersburg
Jan 31st - Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri
Feb 12th - King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Is Hawaii, is 1st king to visit US
Feb 21st - Benjamin Disraeli succeeds William Gladstone as British premier
Feb 21st - Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication
Feb 23rd - Mjr Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
Feb 27th - Baseball 1st played in England, at Lord's Cricket Grounds
Mar 2nd - Baseball batter's box is officially adopted
Mar 10th - Purdue University (Indiana) admits its 1st student
Mar 18th - Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
Mar 22nd - Young Men's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC
Apr 5th - Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus," premieres in Vienna
British Prime Minister William Gladstone Apr 5th - Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, is opened in Birkenhead, England. Designed by Joseph Paxton
Apr 15th - NY legislature passes compulsory education law
Apr 16th - Dr David Livingstones corpse arrives in Southampton
Apr 18th - David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey
Apr 19th - Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire
Apr 27th - White League, Paramilitary white supremacist organization, forms
May 5th - Dutch 2nd Chamber passes child labor law
May 9th - Victoria Embankment, in London opens
May 9th - The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes.
May 12th - US Assay Office in Helena, Montana authorized
May 13th - Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
May 14th - 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats Uni of McGill (Montreal) 3-0
May 16th - 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg Mass)
May 26th - 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
May 29th - Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect
Physician and Explorer David Livingstone Jun 13th - 8th Belmont: G Barbee aboard Saxon wins in 2:39.5
Jun 20th - 1st US Lifesaving Medal awarded (Lucian Clemons)
Jun 22nd - Dr Andrew T Still, discovers the science of osteopathy
Jun 22nd - Game of lawn tennis introduced
Jun 28th - Freedmen's Bank closes
Jun 29th - Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis publishes a manifesto in the Athens daily Kairoi entitled "Who's to Blame?" in which he lays out his complaints against King George. He is elected Prime Minister of Greece the next year.
Jul 1st - 1st Chamber accept law against child labor
Jul 1st - 1st US kidnapping for ransom, 4-year-old Charles Ross, $20,000
Jul 1st - 1st US zoo opens (Philadelphia)
Jul 4th - Social Democratic Workmen's Party of North America formed
Jul 7th - 27th Postmaster General: James W Marshall of NJ takes office
Jul 8th - The Mounties begin their March West.
Jul 12th - Ontario Agricultural College founded
Jul 12th - Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure, "Gloria Scott" (BG)
Jul 23rd - Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos is appointed the Archbishop of the Portuguese colonial enclave of Goa.
Jul 29th - Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
Jul 30th - 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Phila in British Isles
Jul 31st - Patrick Francis Healy, SJ, inaugurated as pres of Georgetown U
Aug 5th - Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in England.
Aug 11th - Harry S Parmelee patents sprinkler head
Aug 26th - 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
Sep 1st - 28th Postmaster General: Marshall Jewell of Conn takes office
Sep 1st - Sydney General Post Office opens in Australia
Sep 3rd - The congress of the state of México elevates Naucalpan to the category of Villa, with the title of "Villa de Juárez".
Sep 12th - 1874 The District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada is founded.
Sep 26th - 1st Grand International Rifle match held
Oct 1st - Rotterdam opens drink water pipes
Oct 9th - World Postal Union forms in Bern Switzerland
Oct 10th - Fiji becomes a British possession
Oct 15th - Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force
Nov 3rd - James Theodore Holly, elected bishop of Haiti
Nov 4th - Samuel J Tilden elected governor of NY
Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast Nov 7th - 1st cartoon depicting elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast
Nov 17th - Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
Nov 18th - National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland
Nov 24th - Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire
Nov 25th - The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873.
Dec 8th - Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie Kansas
Dec 15th - 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant
Dec 24th - Pope Pius IX proclaims a jubilee for 1875