Category Archives: 1870s

278 people killed in Brooklyn Theatre fire 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 5 1876)


Video: 'Brooklyn Theatre fire Top # 7 Facts'

(Tuesday, December 5, 1876, at about 11:17 p.m. local time) — The Brooklyn Theatre Fire broke out tonight near the southeast corner of Washington and Johnson streets in the then-city of Brooklyn, now a borough of New York City, New York, killing at least 278 people, with some accounts reporting more than 300 dead. Continue reading 278 people killed in Brooklyn Theatre fire 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 5 1876)

Tilden narrowly wins presidential popular vote but falls one vote short in Electoral College 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 7 1876)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1876'

(Tuesday, November 7, 1876, during the 1876 presidential campaign) — Democratic Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York won the popular vote today over Republican Governor Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio but failed to win a majority of the Electoral College by one vote in one of the most contentious, controversial and disputed presidential elections in American history. Continue reading Tilden narrowly wins presidential popular vote but falls one vote short in Electoral College 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 7 1876)

Frontiersman ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok shot and killed in Deadwood 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 1 1876)


Video: 'The Real Wild West - Episode 3: Wild Bill (HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)' (Aug. 2, 1876, at 38:50)

(Wednesday, August 2, 1876, mid-afternoon local time) — James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, the 39-year-old legendary gunfighter of the American West, was shot and killed today while playing poker at Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged. Continue reading Frontiersman ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok shot and killed in Deadwood 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 1 1876)

Democrats nominate Thomas A. Hendricks for vice president 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (June 29 1876)

(Thursday, June 29, 1876) — Governor Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana was almost unanimously nominated vice president today on the first ballot at the 1876 Democratic National Convention meeting at the Merchants Exchange Building in St. Louis. Continue reading Democrats nominate Thomas A. Hendricks for vice president 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (June 29 1876)

Custer makes last stand at Little Bighorn 140 years ago today (June 25 1876)


Video: 'Custer's Last Stand Documentary on the Life and Death of General Custer Full Documentary' (June 25, 1876, at 1:26:08)

(Sunday, June 25, 1876; during the Great Sioux War of 1876) — Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out today by Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.