Decades: 1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s - 1870s - 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s
Years: 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872 - 1873 - 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878
The United Kingdom declares war against Ghana's King Kofi KariKari, who was involved in the trading of slaves. The war ended by July and the British established the Gold Coast Colony.
January 17 - Indian Wars: First Battle of the Stronghold during the Modoc War.
February 11 - Spanish Cortes deposes King Amadeus I and proclaims the first Spanish Republic.
February 12 - Former foreign minister Emilio Cistelar y Ripoli becomes prime minister of the new Spanish Republic.
February 20 - The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California
March 1 - E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, New York start production of the first practical typewriter.
March 3 - Censorship: The United States Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail.
April 1 - The British steamer SS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia killing 547.
April 15 - 17 - Indian Wars: Second Battle of the Stronghold
May 9 Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds Long Depression
May 23 - The Canadian Parliament establishes the North West Mounted Police (which will be renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920).
June 4 - Indian Wars: The Modoc War ends with the capture of Captain Jack.
July 21 - At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American West (US$3,000 from the Rock Island Express).
August 4 - Indian Wars: While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, clash for the first time with the Sioux (near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed).
September 16 - German troops leave France upon completion of payment of indemnity for Franco-Prussian War.
September 18 - New York stock market crash.
November 7 - Alexander Mackenzie becomes Canada's second prime minister.
Coors Brewing Company begins making beer in Golden, Colorado.
DDT first synthesized.
Swedish arms company Bofors is incorporated.
Prince Edward Island joins the Canadian Confederation.
In Mexico, Veracruz to Mexico City railroad completed.
Royal Montreal Club in Montreal, Quebec is founded, becoming the first permanent golf club in North America.
Henry Rose exhibits barbed wire at an Illinois county fair, which is taken up by Joseph Glidden and Jacob Haish, who invent a machine to mass-produce it.
Britain puts pressure on Sultan Barghash Sayyid who closes slave markets in Zanzibar
Peter Tchaikovsky composes The Tempest
First running of the Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore, Maryland
January 7 - Adolph Zukor, motion-picture studio pioneer († 1976)
January 28 - Colette, writer († 1954).
February 3 - Karl Jatho, German airplane pioneer.
February 13 - Feodor Chaliapin, operatic bass († 1938)
February 27 - Enrico Caruso, opera singer († 1921)
March 3 - William Green, labor union leader, President of the American Federation of Labor († 1952)
March 19 - Max Reger, composer († 1916)
April 1 - Sergei Rachmaninov, composer and pianist († 1943)
April 7 - John McGraw, baseball coach, manager, player († 1934)
April 22 - Ellen Glasgow, Pulitzer Prize winning author († 1945)
May 4 - Joe De Grasse, pioneer Hollywood film director († 1940)
May 9 - Anton Cermak, mayor of Chicago, Illinois († 1933)
May 9 - Howard Carter, British archaeologist († 1939)
May 17 - Henri Barbusse, French novelist and journalist († 1935)
May 17 - Dorothy Richardson, writer († 1957)
May 26 - Olaf Gulbransson, painter († 1958)
August 26 - Lee De Forest, American inventor († 1961)
September 20 - Sidney Olcott, pioneer film director († 1949)
October 26 - Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark († 1942)
November 16 - W.C. Handy - Blues composer († 1958)
December 11 - Josip Plemelj, Slovene mathematician († 1967)
January 9 - Napoleon III, last emperor of France, in exile in England
January 18 - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, author
February 7 - Sheridan Le Fanu, writer
April 11 - Edward Canby, US Army General killed during peace negoations with Captain Jack
May 20 - Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman
September 17 - Alexander Berry, Scotish adventurer, founder of Berry, Australia.
October 3 - Captain Jack, Modoc tribal leader, hung for the murder of Edward Canby
October 6 - Sir Paul Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist
December 14 - Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American geologist and naturalist