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  • The Franco-Prussian War begins
  • 1870
  • France surrenders Alsaces-Lorraine to Germany; war ends

  • The Chicago Fire results in 250 deaths and $196 million in damages

  • Stanley meets Livingstone in Africa
  • 1871
  • Eakins' mother dies, June 4

  • Early experiments in photographing moving objects are conducted by Eadweard Muybridge, an English photographer, in a project sponsored by the U.S. government

  • Yellowstone National Park Reserve is established for the enjoyment of the public

  • Ulysses S. Grant is reelected President of the United States, defeating Horace Greeley by and electoral vote of 286 to 66

  • Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days is published
  • 1872
  • Memorial Day becomes a legal holiday in New York, the first state to recognize it. Rhode Island followed suit in 1874; Vermont in 1876; New Hampshire in 1877; and Wisconsin in 1879.

  • The cable car, invented by Andrew S. Hallidie, is first used in San Francisco

  • Free mail delivery is provided in all cities with a population of at least 20,000
  • 1873
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