1874 in History – What happened in year 1874

✅ Published on April 5th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1874 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1874.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1874 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
28 februaryIn one of the longest cases ever heard in an English court, the defendant was convicted of perjury for attempting to assume the identity of the heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
27 mayThe first group of the Dorsland Trek, a series of explorationsundertaken by Boers in search of political independence and betterliving conditions, departed South Africa for Angola.
01 julyThe Remington No. 1 went on sale, becoming the firstcommercially successful typewriter.
09 octoberThe Universal Postal Union, then known as the General PostalUnion, was established with the signing of the Treaty of Bern to unifydisparate postal services and regulations so that international mailcould be exchanged freely.
01 JuneThe East India Company was dissolved.
09 October22 countries signed a treaty in Bern, Switzerland for the movement of letters between all countries and the formation of the General Postal Union. Since then, October 9 started celebrating as World Post Day.
05 AugustJapan introduced the postal savings system on the lines of England.
11 FebruaryThe American inventor Thomas Elva Edison was born.
13 JanuaryAmerican troops were sent to Honolulu to protect the king.
27 FebruaryBaseball was first played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground.
18 MarchA Treaty of Hawaii was signed with exclusive trading rights of the United States.
10 April14th British Golf Open: Munge Park shot 159 at Musselsburg Link.
29 MayThe current constitution took effect in Switzerland.
20 JuneLucian Clemons was awarded the first US Lifesaving Medal.
12 JulyOntario Agricultural College was established.
05 AugustJapan introduced its postal savings system, which was modeled after a similar system in England.
26 SeptemberThe first Grand International Rifle Match was held.
15 OctoberA modern university was established in Zagreb.
18 NovemberThe National Women's Christian Temperance Union was organized in Cleveland.
01 DecemberIceland was made a constitution and limited home rule on behalf of Denmark.


Famous birthdays in the year 1874:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 JulyJohn McPhee / Politician / Australia
09 JuneLaunceston Elliot / Wrestler / Scotland
10 MayMoses Schorr / Historian / Poland
16 AprilJōtarō Watanabe / General / Japan
16 January Robert W. Service / Poet / United Kingdom
17 February Thomas J. Watson / Business Man / United States of America
17 MayGeorge Sheldon / Diver / United States of America
18 AprilAbd-ru-shin / Author / Germany
20 NovemberJames Michael Curley / Politician / United States of America
21 SeptemberGustav Holst / Educator / United Kingdom
22 JuneWalter Friedrich Otto / Scholar / Germany
22 MayDaniel François Malan / Politician / South Africa
23 March Grantley Goulding / Hurdler / United Kingdom
26 OctoberAbby Aldrich Rockefeller / Philanthropist / United States of America
27 NovemberChaim Weizmann / Politician / Belarus
29 MayG. K. Chesterton / Poet / United Kingdom
29 DecemberFrançois Brandt / Rower / Netherlands
30 AprilCyriel Verschaeve / Priest / Belgium
30 March Josiah McCracken / Shot Putter / United States of America
31 March Benjamín G. Hill / Revolutionary / Mexico

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1874:

YearName / Profession / Country
06 February Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura / Religious Leader / India
11 SeptemberSeshadri Srinivasa Iyengar / Attorney General / India
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