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* 1870-1879 1890-1899 *


The New York Daily Graphic prints the first halftone newspaper photograph, a practice which became popular by the early 1900s. Before this time, magazines and newspapers depended upon drawings to illustrate their articles.


Booker T. Washington becomes the first president of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
Widespread resentment against immigrant Chinese laborers results in the Chinese Exclusion Act, suspending Chinese immigration for ten years.
United States Supreme Court rules the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which prohibited discrimination in public places, to be unconstitutional.

The United States and Canada substitute standardized time zones for local time to make it easier to coordinate railroad schedules.


Brooklyn Bridge, hailed as the eighth wonder of the world, opens.
Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Washington monument is dedicated in the nation's capitol.

* P.T. Barnum's famous circus elephant, Jumbo, is killed in a train collision.


Statue of Liberty, a gift to the United States from France, is unveiled in New York City harbor.
Edward Bellamy writes a best selling utopian novel, Looking Backward, 2000-1887, about a man who wakes up in an ideal society in the year 2000, where everyone is equal politically and economically.
A box camera, the first Kodak, is introduced for use by amateur photographers.


The first issue of National Geographic magazine includes an account of the Great Blizzard that ravaged the eastern United States.
50,000 settlers swarm into Oklahoma to homestead former Indian lands.

* 1870-1879 1890-1899 *

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