Queen Victoria Bun Head Farthing 1878

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  • There are 2 known varieties of this coin.

What Happened in 1878?

  • apr 24 - Edison Speaking Phonograph Co. incorporated
    Edison developing an electric incandescent light bulb that lasts for more than 13 hours.
    Congress of Berlin.
    Milk delivered in bottles for first time.
    Pope Leo XVII ends the practice of castrating boys for the papal choir.
    Paul Bert, a French physiologist, published his book "La Pressions Barométrique", which would become a classic reference for aeronautical medicine in WWI.
    Muybridge photographs a horse in motion.
    Cathode ray tube is invented by Crookes, English chemist.
    The dynamic microphone is invented in the U.S. and Germany.
    Telephone directories are issued.
    Frederick Wicks of Glasgow invents typecasting machine
    Full page newspaper ads.
    |FRANCE| The praxinoscope, an optical toy, a step toward movies.
    Hughes invents the microphone.
    Dry-plate photography.
    |AUSTRALIA|STATUS| The first telephone exchange opens in Melbourne. Other cities follow: Brisbane in 1880, Sydney in 1881, Adelaide and Hobart in 1883, Pert in 1887
    Leo XIII + becomes pope [1878]