My novel, Saving Grace is set in 1876. What happened in that year?

On February 14th Elisha Gray (pictured) and Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone.

Portrait_elisha_grayOn February 24th the premiere of the stage production of the verse-play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen with incidental music by Edvard Grieg, in Oslo, Norway.

On May 18th Wyatt Earp started work in Dodge City, Kansas, serving under Marshal Larry Deger.


On June 4th the Transcontinental Express arrived in San Francisco via the First Transcontinental Railroad, eighty-three hours and thirty-nine minutes after leaving New York City.


On August 7th Mata Hari, exotic dancer and spy, was born.


On August 8th 1876, during the week when Saving Grace is set, Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph, an early photocopier.


On September 7th the James–Younger gang attempted a raid on the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota. However, the robbery quickly went wrong and only Frank and Jesse James (pictured) managed to escape.