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|Years:||1869 1870 1871 - 1872 - 1873 1874 1875|
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|Countries: Australia - Canada - France - Germany - Ireland - Mexico - New Zealand - Norway - South Africa - UK - USA|
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Events of 1872
January - June
- January 2 - Brigham Young is arrested for polygamy (28 wives).
- January 12 - Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first ruler crowned in that city in over 500 years.
- February 20 - In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes for "urban renovation".
- March 1 - Yellowstone National Park is established as the world's first national park.
- March 5
- March 11 - Work began erecting Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales; Located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.
- March 26 - Earthquake at Lone Pine with an estimated magnitude of 7.2.
- May 10 - Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States, although she is a year too young to qualify and does not appear on the ballot.
- May 22 - Reconstruction: President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act of 1872 into law restoring full civil rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.
- June 14 - Trade unions legalised in Canada. 
July - December
- July 4 - Society of Jesus is pronounced illegal in the German Empire.
- September 1 - Group of Icaiche Maya under Marcos Canul attack Orange Walk Town in British Honduras. British send troops against them.
- October 1 - The Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College began its first academic session. The university was later renamed Virginia Tech
- November 5
- November 7 - Mary Celeste sets sail from New York, bound for Genoa.
- November 9 - Great Boston Fire of 1872: In Boston, a large fire begins to burn on Lincoln Street (the two day event destroyed about 65 acres (0.3 km²) of city, 776 buildings, much of the financial district and caused US$60 million in damage).
- November 27 - Meteor shower display over France.
- November 29
- November 30 - First ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Scotland; the result is Scotland 0, England 0.
- December 4 - The crewless American ship Mary Celeste is found by the British brig Dei Gratia (the ship was abandoned for 9 days but was only slightly damaged).
- December 13 - The Mary Celeste is found off the coast of Portugal completely void of life.
- December 21 - HMS Challenger sails from Portsmouth on the 4 year scientific expedition that would lay the foundation for the science of oceanography.
- Louis Ducos du Hauron creates the first color photograph. 
- London Metropolitan Police strike.
- In the aftermath of the War of the Triple Alliance, new government of Paraguay makes peace with Brazil, grant reparations and territorial concessions.
- Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition.
- Foundation of the Kolozsvári Egyetem, the predecessor of the University of Szeged.
- US government geologist Clarence King reveals the diamond hoax in Wyoming.
- Thomas Hardy anonymously publishes his romantic novel ..Under the Greenwood Tree...
- Virginia Tech is established.
|Gregorian calendar||1872 |
|Ab urbe condita||2625|
|Armenian calendar||1321 |
|Bahá'í calendar||28 – 29|
|Coptic calendar||1588 – 1589|
|Ethiopian calendar||1864 – 1865|
|Hebrew calendar||5632 – 5633|
|- Vikram Samvat||1927 – 1928|
|- Shaka Samvat||1794 – 1795|
|- Kali Yuga||4973 – 4974|
|Iranian calendar||1250 – 1251|
|Islamic calendar||1288 – 1289|
|- Imperial Year||Kōki 2532|
|Thai solar calendar||2415|
|* Last year on the Japanese calendar was in use a lunisolar calendar.|
January - June
- January 6 - Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (d. 1915)
- January 23 - Gotse Delchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1903)
- January 31 - Zane Grey, American writer (d. 1939)
- February 1 - Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
- March 7 - Piet Mondrian, Dutch painter (d. 1944)
- March 24 - J.C. Wienecke, Dutch/German medallist (d. 1945)
- April 29 - Harry Payne Whitney, businessman, horse breeder (d. 1930)
- May 18 - Bertrand Russell, English philosopher and mathematician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (d. 1970)
- May 21 - Henry Warren, Inventor of the first commercially viable electric clock, the Telechron
- May 31
- June 20 - George Carpenter, the 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)
- June 27 - Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet and publisher (d. 1906)
July - December
- July 1 - Louis Blériot, French aviation pioneer (d. 1936)
- July 4 - Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States (d. 1933)
- July 16 - Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer (d. 1928)
- August 3 - King Haakon VII of Norway (d. 1957)
- August 9 - Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1962)
- August 10 - Bill Johnson, American jazz musician (d. 1972)
- August 13 - Richard Willstätter, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1942)
- August 15 - Sri Aurobindo, Indian nationalist, writer, and mystic (d. 1950)
- August 21 - Aubrey Beardsley, British artist (d. 1898)
- October 11 - Harlan F. Stone, Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1946)
- November 30 - John McCrae, Canadian soldier and poet (d. 1918)
- December 21 - Don Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (d. 1956)
- December 26 - Norman Angell, British politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1967)
- See also 1872 births.
January - June
- January 7 - Big Jim Fisk, American financier (b. 1834)
- January 21 - Franz Grillparzer, Austrian writer (b. 1791)
- March/April Mercator Cooper, American sea captain (b.1803)
- March 20 - William Wentworth, Australian explorer (b. 1790)
- April 1 - Frederick Maurice, English theologian (b. 1805)
- April 2 - Samuel Morse, American inventor (b. 1791)
- June 4 - Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish composer (b. 1819)
- June 4 - Johan Rudolf Thorbecke, Dutch politician (b. 1798)
- June 20 - Elie Frédéric Forey, Marshal of France (b. 1804)
July - December
- July 18 - Benito Juárez, President of Mexico (b. 1806)
- August 19 - Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (b. 1826)
- September 10 - Avram Iancu, Romanian Transylvanian insurgent (b. 1824)
- September 13 - Ludwig Feuerbach, German philosopher (b. 1804)
- October 23 - Théophile Gautier, French writer (b. 1811)
- November 28 - Mary Somerville, British mathematician (b. 1780)
- November 29 - Horace Greeley, newspaper editor and presidential candidate (b. 1811)
- December 15 - Lady Beaconsfield, wife of Benjamin Disraeli (b. 1792)
People of the year 1872 at Familypedia
303 people were born in 1872
126 children were born to the 129 women born in 1872
205 people died in 1872
16974 people lived in 1872
Events of the year 1872 at Familypedia
236 people were married in 1872.
There were 0 military battles in 1872.
- See also 1872 deaths.
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