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1873 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1873
Ab urbe condita2626
Armenian calendar1322
Assyrian calendar6623
Bahá'í calendar29–30
Balinese saka calendar1794–1795
Bengali calendar1280
Berber calendar2823
British Regnal year36 Vict. 1 – 37 Vict. 1
Buddhist calendar2417
Burmese calendar1235
Byzantine calendar7381–7382
Chinese calendar壬申(Water Monkey)
4569 or 4509
    — to —
癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
4570 or 4510
Coptic calendar1589–1590
Discordian calendar3039
Ethiopian calendar1865–1866
Hebrew calendar5633–5634
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1929–1930
 - Shaka Samvat1794–1795
 - Kali Yuga4973–4974
Holocene calendar11873
Igbo calendar873–874
Iranian calendar1251–1252
Islamic calendar1289–1290
Japanese calendarMeiji 6
Javanese calendar1801–1802
Julian calendarGregorian minus 12 days
Korean calendar4206
Minguo calendar39 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar405
Thai solar calendar2415–2416
Tibetan calendar阳水猴年
(male Water-Monkey)
1999 or 1618 or 846
    — to —
(female Water-Rooster)
2000 or 1619 or 847

1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar, the 1873rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 873rd year of the , the 73rd year of the , and the 4th year of the decade. As of the start of 1873, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.

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  • January 1
    • Japan adopts the Gregorian calendar.
    • The California Penal Code goes into effect.
  • January 17American Indian Wars: The First Battle of the Stronghold is fought during the Modoca War.
  • February 11 – The Spanish Cortes deposes King Amadeus I and proclaims the First Spanish Republic.
  • February 12
    • Emilio Castelar, the former foreign minister, becomes prime minister of the new Spanish Republic.
    • The Coinage Act of 1873 in the United States is signed into law by president Ulysses S. Grant; coming into effect on April 1 it ends bimetallism in the U.S. and places the country on the gold standard.
  • February 20 – The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco.
  • February 20 – British Naval Officer John Morseby discovers the site of Port Moresby and claims the land for Britain.
  • March 3Censorship: The United States Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail.
  • March 4Ulysses S. Grant is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
  • March 15 – The Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity is founded at the Massachusetts Agricultural College.
  • March 19 – German Modernist composer Max Reger is born in Brand, Bavaria.
  • March 22 – Emancipation Day for Puerto Rico: Slaves are freed (with a few exceptions).
  • March 29 – The Rio Tinto Company is formed in Spain, following the February 17 purchase of the Rio Tinto mine from the Spanish government by a British investment group.


  • April 1 – The British steamer Template:RMS sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547.
  • April 4The Kennel Club, the world's first kennel club, is founded in the United Kingdom.
  • April 1517American Indian Wars: The Second Battle of the Stronghold is fought.
  • April 19 – 11 perish in a train derailment due to a bridge washout in the village of Richmond Switch (now Wood River Junction) in Richmond, Rhode Island.
  • May – Henry Rose exhibits barbed wire at an Illinois county fair, which is taken up by Joseph Glidden and Jacob Haish, who invent a machine to mass-produce it.
  • May 5Battle of Eraul: Carlists under General Dorregaray defeat Republicans at Eraul, near Estella during the Third Carlist War.
  • May 9
    • Der Gründerkrach: The Wiener Börse (Vienna stock exchange) crash in Austria-Hungary ends the Gründerzeit and heralds the global Panic of 1873 and Long Depression.
    • The Battle of Montejurra at Navarra, Spain, is fought during the Third Carlist War.
  • May 20
    • Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive United States patent#139121 for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants. Levi Strauss & Co. begin manufacturing the famous Levi's brand of jeans, using fabric from the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in Manchester, New Hampshire.
    • In Chipping Norton, England, rioters attempt to free the Ascott Martyrs –sixteen women sentenced to imprisonment for attempting to dissuade strikebreakers.
  • May 23
    • The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police (which is renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920).
    • The Preakness Stakes horse race is run for the first time in Baltimore.
  • May 27
    • Classical archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovers Priam's Treasure.
  • May 28
    • C. Laan brings order to the chaos created by the dockworker riots of Tripoli, Lebanon.
    • The city of Khiva falls to Imperial Russian forces, under the command of General Konstantin von Kaufman.
  • June 4American Indian Wars: The Modoc War ends with the capture of Kintpuash ("Captain Jack").
  • June 9Alexandra Palace in London is destroyed by fire only a fortnight after its opening.


  • July – The end of the war between the United Kingdom and Ghana's King Kofi KariKari, who is involved in the trading of slaves leads to the establishment of the Gold Coast Colony.
  • July 1Prince Edward Island joins the Canadian Confederation.
  • July 9Battle of Alpens (Third Carlist War): Campaigning in Catalonia, a government column under General José Cabrinety is ambushed at Alpens, 15 miles east of Berga, by Carlist forces under General Francisco Savalls. After heavy fighting, with Cabrinety killed, virtually the entire column of 800 men is killed or captured.
  • July 21 – At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James–Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West (US$3,000 from the Rock Island Express).
  • August 4American Indian Wars: While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the Seventh Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, clashes for the first time with the Sioux, near the Tongue River (only 1 man on each side is killed).
  • August 12 – A peace treaty is signed between Imperial Russia and the Khanate of Khiva, making the khanate a Russian protectorate.
  • August 30 – The Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition discovers Franz Josef Land.[1]
  • September 15 – Agreement for establishment of the International Meteorological Organization (IMO).
  • September 16 – German troops leave France upon completion of payment of indemnity for the Franco-Prussian War.
  • September 17 – The Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, later Ohio State University, opens its doors with 25 students, including 2 women.
  • September 18 – The New York stock market crash triggers the Panic of 1873, part of the Long Depression.
  • September 25 – Classes begin at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, USA.


  • October – Beginning of the Long Depression
  • October 6
    • The County Carlow Football Club (Rugby union) is founded in Ireland.
    • Battle of Mañeru (Third Carlist War): In continued campaigning in Navarre, Spanish Republican General Domingo Moriones meets a Carlist force under Nicolás Ollo at Mañeru, near Puente de la Reina, in a hard-fought but indecisive action. While both sides claim victory, the Carlists are said to have had the advantage, and a month later Moriones is repulsed in a costly assault further west against Estella
  • November 6 – The Halifax rugby league club is founded.
  • November 7
    • Alexander Mackenzie becomes the second Prime Minister of Canada.
    • Battle of Montejurra (Third Carlist War): Determined to recapture the key city of Estella in Navarre, Spanish Republican General Domingo Moriones advances on the Carlists under General Joaquín Elío at nearby Montejurra. After very heavy fighting both sides claim victory, but Moriones withdraws and Estella remains in Carlist hands. Don Carlos is present in the front line.
  • November 17Budapest, Hungary's capital, is formed from Pest, Buda and Óbuda.
  • November 1821Irish Home Rule movement: The Home Government Association reconstitutes itself as the Home Rule League.
  • December – Major Walter Clopton Wingfield designs and patents a racquet sport which he calls sphairistike (Greek σφάίρίστική, "skill at playing at ball"), soon known simply as Stické, for the amusement of his guests at a garden party on his estate of Nantclwyd, in Llanelidan, Wales.
  • December 15 – Women of Fredonia, New York, march against the retail liquor dealers in town to inaugurate the Woman's Crusade of 1873–74. This leads to the creation of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (December 23) in Hillsboro, Ohio.
  • December 16 – The Heineken Brewery is founded in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • December 21Francis Garnier is attacked outside Hanoi by Black Flag mercenaries fighting for the Vietnamese.
  • December 22Battle of Bocairente (Third Carlist War): Campaigning in Valenica, Spanish Republican General Valeriano Weyler is attacked at Bocairente, northwest of Alcoy, by a greatly superior Carlist force under General José Santés. Weyler was initially driven back, losing some of his guns, but in a brilliant counter-attack he turns defeat into victory and Santés is heavily repulsed and forced to withdraw.
  • December 23 – The Woman's Christian Temperance Union is founded, in Hillsboro, Ohio, USA.
  • December 27Siege of Bilbao (Third Carlist War; until 2 May 1874): Campaigning in Navarre, Pretender Don Carlos VII and General Joaquín Elío besiege Bilbao, held by General Ignacio del Castillo and 1,200 men. The Carlist force is ten times this number and includes most of the troops from Navarre, Vizcaya and Álava, although a considerable force is left in Guipúzcoa. Despite defeat at nearby Somorrostro, Republic commander Marshal Francisco Serrano, supported by Generals Manuel de la Concha and Arsenio Martínez-Campos, brilliantly breaks the siege and Concha then marches on Estella.

Date unknown[]

  • League of the Three Emperors is created. It links the conservative monarchs of Austria-Hungary, Germany and Russia in an alliance against radical movements.
  • Founding of:
    • Toronto Argonauts, the oldest professional sports team still playing in North America.
    • Royal Montreal Club in Montreal, the first permanent golf club in North America.
  • Liebig's Extract of Meat Company begin producing tinned corned beef, sold under the label Fray Bentos from the town in Uruguay where it is processed.
  • Coors Brewing Company begins making beer in Golden, Colorado.
  • The Swedish arms company Aktiebolaget (AB) Bofors-Gullspång is founded, better known as Bofors.
  • DDT is first synthesized.
  • In Mexico, the Veracruz to Mexico City railroad is completed.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composes The Tempest.
  • Nine Pekin ducks are imported to Long Island (the first in the United States).



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Melitta Bentz

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Otto Loewi

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Alexis Carrel

  • January 2 – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Catholic saint and mystic (d. 1897)
  • January 4Blanche Walsh, stage & screen actress (d. 1915)
  • January 7Adolph Zukor, Austrian-born film studio pioneer (d. 1976)
  • January 8
    • Iuliu Maniu, Romanian politician (d. 1953)
    • Grace Van Studdiford, American stage actress & opera singer (d. 1927)
  • January 10George Orton, Canadian athlete (d. 1958)
  • January 12Spyridon Louis, Greek runner (d. 1940)
  • January 20Johannes V. Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)
  • January 28Colette, French writer (d. 1954)
  • January 29Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian mountaineer, explorer, and admiral (d. 1933)
  • January 30Vassily Balabanov, an administrator and Provincial Governor of Imperial Russia (d. 1947)
  • January 31Melitta Bentz, German entrepreneur, who invented the coffee filter in 1908 (d. 1950)
  • February 2Maurice Tourneur, French film director (d. 1961)
  • February 3
    • Hugh Trenchard, British military aviation pioneer (d. 1956)
    • Karl Jatho, German aviation pioneer (d. 1933)
  • February 4
    • Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
    • Joel R. P. Pringle, American admiral (d. 1932)
  • February 7Thomas Andrews, Irish shipbuilder (d. 1912)
  • February 13Feodor Chaliapin, Russian bass opera singer (d. 1938)
  • February 15Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
  • February 19Louis Feuillade, French film director (d. 1925)
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Enrico Caruso

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

  • April 1 (N.S.)/March 20 (O.S.) – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian composer and pianist (d. 1943)
  • April 7John McGraw, baseball player and manager (d. 1934)
  • April 10Kyösti Kallio, Prime Minister and President of Finland (d. 1940)
  • April 19
    • Ingeborg Rönnblad, Swedish actress
    • Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (d. 1967)
  • April 20Gombojab Tsybikov, Russian explorer (d. 1930)
  • April 22Ellen Glasgow, American writer (d. 1945)
  • April 25Félix d'Herelle, French-Canadian microbiologist (d. 1949)
  • May – Leon Czolgosz, assassin of U.S. President William McKinley (d. 1901)
  • May 4Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director (d. 1940)
  • May 9Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
  • May 17
    • Henri Barbusse, French novelist and journalist (d. 1935)
    • Dorothy Richardson, English feminist writer (d. 1957)
  • May 18Lucy Beaumont, English actress (d. 1937)
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Hans Berger


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Prince Yamashina Kikumaro


Karl Schwarzschild

  • July 1Alice Guy-Blaché, French-American filmmaker (d. 1968)
  • July 3Prince Yamashina Kikumaro, Japanese Prince (d. 1908)
  • July 20Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian aviation pioneer (suicide 1932)
  • July 21Walter Morley Fletcher, British physiologist and administrator (d. 1933)
  • August 5Joseph Russell Knowland, American politician and newspaperman (d. 1966)
  • August 13Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven, South African author (d. 1932)
  • August 17John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (d. 1946)
  • August 25Blanche Bates, actress (d. 1941)
  • August 26Lee de Forest, American inventor (d. 1961)
  • September 1 – Sir Guy Standing, British actor (d. 1937)
    • Felicija Bortkevičienė, Lithuanian politician and publisher (d. 1945)
  • September 5Cornelius Vanderbilt III, American military officer, inventor, engineer (d. 1942)
  • September 8David O. McKay, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1970)
  • September 20
    • Sidney Olcott, pioneer film director (d. 1949)
    • Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (d. 1944)
  • September 21Papa Jack Laine, jazz musician (d. 1966)
  • September 25Fawcet Wray, British admiral (d. 1932)
  • September 26Wacław Berent, Polish novelist and translator (d. 1940)
  • October 2Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (d. 1924)
  • October 3Emily Post, American etiquette expert (d. 1960)
  • October 8Ma Barker, American criminal (d. 1935)
  • October 9
    • Charles Rudolph Walgreen, American businessman (d. 1939)
    • Karl Schwarzschild, German physicist and astronomer (d. 1916)
  • October 14Ray Ewry, American athlete (d. 1937)
  • October 18Harris Laning, American admiral (d. 1941)
  • October 19
    • Jaap Eden, Dutch skater and cyclist (d. 1925)
    • John Barton King, American cricketer (d. 1965)
  • October 26
    • Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1942)
    • A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (d. 1962)
  • November 9Fritz Thyssen, German industrialist (d. 1951)
  • November 16W. C. Handy, American blues composer (d. 1958)
  • November 22Johnny Tyldesley, English cricketer (d. 1930)
  • November 28Frank Phillips, American oil executive (d. 1950)
  • December 7Willa Cather, American novelist (d. 1947)
  • December 11Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician (d. 1967)
  • December 17Ford Madox Ford, English writer (d. 1939)
  • December 20Kan'ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(d. 1948)
  • December 26Thomas Wass, Nottinghamshire bowler (d. 1953)
  • December 30
    • Al Smith, American politician (d. 1944)
    • Phillip Linnington born to the Linnington Family. (d. 1873)

Date unknown[]

  • James Cousins, Irish writer (d. 1956)
  • Thomas Chrostwaite, American educator (d. 1958)
  • William Ernest Hocking, American philosopher (d. 1966)



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Napoleon III

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Justus von Liebig

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David Livingstone

  • January 9Napoleon III, last Emperor of the French (b. 1808)
  • January 18Edward Bulwer-Lytton, English novelist (b. 1803)
  • January 23Ramalinga Swamigal, Hindu religious leader (b. 1823)
  • January 20The Venerable Father Basil Anthony Marie Moreau, French founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (b. 1799)
  • February 3Isaac Baker Brown, English gynaecologist and surgeon (b. 1811)
  • February 7Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (b. 1814)
  • February 19Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary, executed (b. 1837)
  • March 10John Torrey, American botanist (b. 1796)
  • March 24Mary Ann Cotton, English serial killer, executed (b. 1832)
  • March 25Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter (b. 1810)
  • March 31Hugh Maxwell, American lawyer and politician (b. 1787)
  • April 11Edward Canby, American general (b. 1817)
  • April 18Justus von Liebig, German chemist (b. 1803)
  • April 27William Charles Macready, English actor (b. 1793)
  • May 1David Livingstone, Scottish explorer of Africa (b. 1813)
  • May 6José Antonio Páez, first President of Venezuela (b. 1790)
  • May 7Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1808)
  • May 8John Stuart Mill, British philosopher (b. 1806)
  • May 15Alexandru Ioan Cuza, first ruler of Romania (b. 1820)
  • May 20George-Étienne Cartier, Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  • May 29Édouard de Verneuil, French palaeontologist (b. 1805)
  • June 1Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (b. 1804)


  • August 18Charles II, Duke of Brunswick (b. 1804)
  • September 11Agustín Fernando Muñoz, 1st Duke of Riánsares, morganatic husband of Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies (b. 1808)
  • September 17Alexander Berry, Scottish adventurer and Australian pioneer (b. 1781)
  • September 22Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1801)
  • September 23Jean Chacornac, French astronomer (b. 1823)
  • October 5William Todd, American businessman, Canadian senate nominee (b. 1803)
  • October 9George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • November 8Manuel Bretón de los Herreros, Spanish playwright (b. 1796)
  • December 14
    • Louis Agassiz, Swiss-born geologist and naturalist (b. 1807)
    • Alexander Keith, Scottish-born brewer and mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia (b. 1795)

In fiction[]


  1. This Day in History. Accessed 22 November 2013.
  • Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia...for 1873 (1879) online edition, detailed worldwide coverage