Historic American Sheet Music, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University

Timeline: 1870-1879

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The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
by William Shakespeare Hays (1871)
Silver Threads Among the Gold
by H.P. Danks (1873)
My Ole Home in Alabama 'fo' de War
by H. P. Danks (1875)
The Boys in Blue Will See it Through;
Campaign Song and Chorus
by H. P. Danks (1876)
(Rutherford B. Hayes campaign song)
Dodworth's Five Step Waltz
by C. Nole (1877)
Break the News Gently to Mother
by C. Nole (1878)
Politics & Government
First black US legislators - Hiram R. Revels of Mississippi in the Senate and J. H. Rainey of South Carolina in the House of Representatives.
Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution allowing African-Americans to vote (1870)
Rutherford B. Hayes inaugerated president (1877)
Chief Joseph and 750 Nez Perce tribespeople forced to surrender in the Montana Territory by the US Army (1877)
Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana Territory - George Armstrong Custer and the U. S. Seventh Cavalry defeated by Sioux led by Sitting Bull (1876)
Yellowstone National Park established (1872)
International Affairs
Franco-Prussan War (1870-1871)
German Empire proclaimed at Versailles (1871)
Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India (1877)
Standard Oil Company incorporated with John D. Rockefeller as president (1870)
Sherwin-Williams Paint Company (1870)
C. A. Pillsbury & Company (1871)
B. F. Goodrich (1871)
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company (1873)
Inventions, Discoveries & Patents
DNA discovered (1870)
First all-metal bicycle patented (1870)
Margarine (1871)
Telephone by Alexander Graham Bell (1876)
Phonograph by Thomas Edison (1877)
Lightbulb by Thomas Edison (1878)
Player Piano (1876)
"Granula" introduced by James Harvey Kellogg (1877)
Henry M. Stanley, a New York Herald correspondent, finds David Livingstone in Africa (1871)
P. T. Barnum's Circus opens (1871)
Fire destroys 3.5 square miles of Chicago, October 8 and 9, 1871
Jesse James robs his first passenger train (1871)
Central Park in New York is completed (1876)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1876)
The Washington Post begins publication (1877)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
Baseball's National League founded (1876)
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