Modern Dental Assisting 13th Edition


Welcome back, history enthusiasts! I’m Mark Palmer, and today we’re delving into the remarkable events that took place in the year 1873. Amidst the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, this year brought about significant changes, triumphs, and challenges. So, let’s dive into the past and uncover the hidden gems of history.

Modern Dental Assisting 13th Edition
Modern Dental Assisting 13th Edition

A Year of Transformations and Struggles

The year 1873 was marked by a wave of technological advancements that reshaped society. However, it was also a time of economic depression and political instability in Europe and America. Unemployment rates soared, businesses collapsed, and scars from the American Civil War were still fresh. Amidst these complexities, numerous events unfolded that left a lasting impact.

The Journey Begins

Japanese Era Names:

On the 1st of January, the Japanese government introduced a new system of era names called “gengō.” The first era, Meiji, meaning “Enlightened Rule,” was born. This marked a significant change in the country’s history and set the stage for its rapid transformation.

Church’s Commitment to Armenia:

Pope Pius IX issued an encyclical on the 6th of January, expressing his concern for the suffering of the Armenian people. He reaffirmed the Church’s commitment to assist them and emphasized the importance of unity within the Church.

Investigating the Crédit Mobilier Scandal:

The US Congress initiated an investigation into the Crédit Mobilier scandal on the 6th of January. This scandal involved a fraudulent scheme linked to the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, impacting the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

Pioneering Progress

The Drover’s Journal:

The 11th of January saw the publication of the Drover’s Journal, the first livestock market newspaper in Chicago. This invaluable resource provided market reports, industry news, and information relevant to livestock traders and professionals.

Synthetic Plastic Invention:

On the 14th of January, John Wesley Hyatt, the inventor of the first synthetic plastic, registered “Celluloid” as a trademark. Celluloid revolutionized the production of consumer goods, including billiard balls, combs, and photographic film.

Triumph in Modoc War:

During the Modoc War, a group of Modoc warriors achieved a significant victory on the 17th of January. They defeated the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, marking a significant moment for the Modoc people.

Milestones in Exploration and Culture

Discovery of Port Moresby:

British naval officer John Moresby discovered and claimed the site of Port Moresby on the 20th of January. Now the capital city of Papua New Guinea, this area had been inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years before European arrival.

“Around the World in 80 Days”:

Jules Verne’s adventure novel “Around the World in 80 Days” was published on the 30th of January. This thrilling tale followed the journey of English gentleman Phileas Fogg and his valet as they attempted to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days.

Influential Decisions and Reforms

Deposing King Amadeus I:

On the 11th of February, the Spanish Cortes voted to depose King Amadeus I, who had been installed as the monarch just two years earlier. Widespread discontent with his rule, marked by economic difficulties and political unrest, led to this decision.

Coinage Act of 1873:

The US Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1873 on the 12th of February. This act abolished the bimetallism standard and effectively placed the United States on the gold standard, impacting the nation’s economy and monetary policy.

Combating Child Labor:

Dutch socialist Samuel van Houten proposed legislation to ban child labor on the 27th of February. This law, eventually passed, prohibited the employment of children under 12 in hazardous workplaces and improved working conditions for young workers.

Triumphs, Tragedies, and Cultural Milestones

Opening of Hungarian Capital:

On the 17th of September, the two cities of Buda and Pest united to form Budapest, the new capital of Hungary. This united city would go on to become a vibrant hub of culture and history.

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Cable Car Innovation:

San Francisco revolutionized public transportation on the 2nd of August with the commencement of the world’s first cable car service. Invented by Andrew Smith Hallidie, this revolutionary system quickly became an iconic symbol of the city.

Birth of Blue Jeans:

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent on the 20th of May for their invention of blue jeans with copper rivets. Little did they know that this invention would become an iconic American fashion staple.

Gold Crown in Dentistry:

John Beers, a San Francisco dentist, made history on the 4th of November by patenting the gold crown. This dental restoration device transformed the field of dentistry, providing a durable solution for damaged teeth.

Conclusion: Reflecting on the Past

As we bid farewell to the remarkable year of 1873, we’ve witnessed a blend of progress, innovation, and challenges. From technological breakthroughs to political upheavals, these events shaped the world we live in today. Join me next time as we continue our journey through history.

Remember, history is a treasure trove of knowledge waiting to be discovered. Keep exploring, and let the stories of the past Make You Smile!

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