Book - 1873
Good condition set of four.
3 March — First performance of W. S. Gilbert and Gilbert Arthur à Beckett's play The Happy Land at the Royal Court Theatre, London. The play creates a scandal by breaking regulations against the portrayal of public characters, parodying William Ewart Gladstone, Robert Lowe, and Acton Smee Ayrton, respectively the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and First Commissioner of Works.
13 March — Gladstone resigns as Prime Minister, but the Conservatives fail to form a government, and Gladstone returns to office two days later.
31 March — Supreme Court of Judicature Act reforms the judiciary, establishing the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales and abolishing the Court of Common Pleas as a separate institution and, with it, the office of attorney at law.
April — Ashanti attack British forts in the Gold Coast.
1 April — The British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia killing 547.
2 April — The first sleeping car is introduced in Britain, on the Glasgow to London night express.
4 April — The Kennel Club, the world's first kennel club, is founded in London by Sewallis Shirley (MP).
20 May — In Chipping Norton, rioters attempt to free the Ascott Martyrs — sixteen women sentenced to imprisonment for attempting to dissuade strikebreakers in an agricultural labour dispute.
9 June — Alexandra Palace in London destroyed by fire only a fortnight after its opening.
18 June — Alice Vickery passes the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's examination, becoming the first qualified female pharmacist in the U.K.
October — Girton College opens as the first women's college in Cambridge.
26 November — British troops invade Ashanti territory.