Historical Events For Year 1878

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January 28, 1878

The first daily college newspaper in the United States is the Yale News. Read More

January 31, 1878

An armistice is agreed upon by Turkey at Adrianople. Read More

February 2, 1878

War is declared on Turkey by Greece. Read More

February 18, 1878

The beginning of the Lincoln County War takes place in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Read More

February 19, 1878

Thomas Edison patents the phonograph. Read More

February 28, 1878

The Mississippi Legislature creates The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, later becoming Mississippi State University.
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March 3, 1878

The Russo-Turkish War ends and independence from the Ottoman Empire is reestablished to Bulgaria according to the Treaty of San Stefano.
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March 25, 1878

A proposal to present the Treaty of San Stefano to a European congress by the British is rejected by Russia.
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April 20, 1878

Australia's first Stawell Gift short distance running race takes place. Read More

May 15, 1878

The establishment of the Tokyo Stock Exchange takes place. Read More

June 13–July 13, 1878

The Congress of Berlin is summoned in order to discuss the Ottoman Empire. Read More

June 15, 1878

The Sallie Gardner sequence of stop-motion photographs is presented at a Gallop in California by Eadweard Muybridge.
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June 20, 1878

The United States Coast and Geodetic Survey is created by the renaming of the United States Coastal Survey.
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July 13, 1878

Serbia, Montenegro, and Romania are declared as being completely independent upon the passing of the Treaty of Berlin.
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August 7, 1878

The signing of the "foundation deed" of the Salvation Army takes place. Read More

September 20, 1878

The establishment of the Indian Newspaper, the Hindu, takes place. Read More

October 1, 1878

The opening of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College takes place in the United States.
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November 21, 1878

The beginning of the Second Anglo-Afghan War takes place as Ali Masjid is attacked by the British in the Khyber Pass.
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December 7, 1878

The inauguration of a railroad along the Raton Pass links New Mexico to the rest of the United States for the first time.
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