Decades: 1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s - 1870s - 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s
Years: 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 - 1876 - 1877 1878 1879 1880 1881
January 31 - The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
February 14 - Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone.
February 2 - The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed
February 22 - Johns Hopkins University founded in Baltimore, Maryland.
March 7 - Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone (patent # 174,464).
March 10 - Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."
May 30 - Abd-ul-Aziz, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire is deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.
August 1 - Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
August 8 - Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
August 31 - Murat V, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abdul Hamid II.
September 7 - In Northfield, Minnesota, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang attempt to rob the town's bank but are surrounded by an angry mob and are nearly wiped out.
November 7 - U.S. presidential election is held. After long and heated disputes, Rutherford Birchard Hayes would be declared the winner over Samuel Jones Tilden.
November 23 - Corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Marcy Tweed (better known as Boss Tweed) is delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain.
November 29 - Porfirio Díaz becomes President of Mexico.
Invention of the four-stroke cycle internal combustion engine by Nikolaus Otto
United States of America Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia
Year in topic
1876 in literature
January 5 - Konrad Adenauer, German chancellor 1949-1963 (+ 1967)
January 12 - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer
January 12 - Jack London, author (+ 1916)
January 29 - Havergal Brian, composer (+ 1972)
February 19 - Constantin Brancusi, sculptor
March 2 - Pope Pius XII, (+ 1958)
March 4 - Léon-Paul Fargue, poet
March 11 - Carl Ruggles, composer (+ 1971)
April 4 - Maurice de Vlaminck, lyricist (+ 1958)
April 22 - Robert_Barany, Nobel Prize winner in medicine
August 7 - Mata Hari, exotic dancer/spy
September 15 - Bruno Walter, conductor (+ 1962)
November 23 - Manuel de Falla, composer (+ 1946)
November 24 - Walter Burley Griffin, architect
December 9 - Berton Churchill, pioneer Hollywood actor (+ 1940)
December 25 - Muhammed Ali Jinnah, first Governor-General of Pakistan (disputed)
Gdansk - Alfred Stock, German chemist
January 16 - Edmund H. Sears, composer
October 1 - James Lick, California land baron
George Fruits, the last surviving U.S. veteran of the American Revolutionary War at the age of 114.\n