Video: 'Remember the Veep: The Life of Alben Barkley'
(Saturday, November 24, 1877) — Alben W. Barkley, the 35th Vice President of the United States who served under President Harry S. Truman (1949-1953), was born today in Lowes, Kentucky. Continue reading U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley born 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 24 1877)
Video: 'The Phonograph | Thomas Edison's Favorite Invention'
(Wednesday, November 21, 1877) — American inventor Thomas Edison announced today his invention of the phonograph, the first device to be able to reproduce the recorded sound, considered his first great invention. Continue reading Edison announces he’s invented the phonograph 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 21 1877)
(Monday, March 5, 1877, midday local time) — Former Governor Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio was publicly inaugurated today as the 19th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite administering the oath of office. Continue reading Hayes publicly sworn in as 19th U.S. President, Wheeler as 19th VP 140 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 5 1877)
(Saturday, March 3, 1877, 7:05 p.m. local time) — Because outgoing President Ulysses S. Grant feared an insurrection by supporters of Samuel J. Tilden following the Compromise of 1877 and with the traditional inauguration day of March 4 on a Sunday, President-elect Rutherford B. Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th President of the United States tonight in a secret ceremony in the Red Room of the White House.
Grant was still technically President through Sunday, March 4, at noon, and remained in the White House until Hayes was formally inaugurated on Monday, March 5.
(Friday, March 2, 1877, 4:10 a.m. local time) — Just three days before his public inauguration, Republican presidential candidate Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election today, defeating the Democrat Samuel J. Tilden in one of the most disputed elections in American history. Continue reading Hayes declared winner in disputed 1876 presidential election this hour 140 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 2 1877)
Video: 'The Celebrated Chop Waltz'
(Saturday, February 3, 1877) — The song “Chopsticks,” a simple, widely known waltz for the piano written by 16-year-old Euphemia Allen under the pseudonym Arthur de Lulli, was deposited today at the British Museum under the title “The Celebrated Chop Waltz.”
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)
Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1876'
(Tuesday, November 7, 1876, during the — Democratic Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York 1876 presidential campaign) 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)
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)
Video: ‘Denver, Colorado Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions’
(Tuesday, August 1, 1876) — U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation today admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state and earning it the moniker “Centennial State.”