More from 1878…
May 2 - US stops minting 20 cent coin.
May 08 - Paul Hines performs the first unassisted triple play in organized baseball.
May 14 - Vaseline is first sold.
May 24 - CA Parker of Harvard wins the first American bike race in Beacon Park, Boston.
May 31 - US Congress accepts decrease in dollar circulation.
June 4 – Turkey cedes Cyprus over to Britain for administrative purposes.
June 13 – Berlin congress meets to divide colonized Africa. The congress ends on July 14.
June 15 - First attempt at motion pictures (using 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground.
July 3 – John Wise of Lancaster, PA was the pilot for the maiden flight of a dirigible.
July 12 – Historical fever epidemic begins in New Orleans. It killed 4,500 people.
July 26 – In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box is found later with a taunting poem inside.
October 18 - Edison makes electricity available for household usage.
December 26 - John Wanamaker installed electric lights in his Philadelphia department store.