This Day in History

Yellowstone National Park is Established as the World’s First National Park

On March 1st, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, establishing Yellowstone as the world’s first national park. This historic designation set a precedent for the conservation of natural landscapes and the establishment of protected areas worldwide.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens in New York City

A cultural landmark was born on February 20th, 1872, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in New York City. Since its inception, the Met has become one of the world’s most renowned art museums, showcasing a vast collection spanning thousands of years of human creativity.

The World’s First International Football Match

November 30th, 1872, witnessed the world’s first international football (soccer) match, played between England and Scotland in Glasgow. This historic event laid the foundation for the global phenomenon of football.

Susan B. Anthony Votes Illegally 

Pioneering suffragist Susan B. Anthony made history on November 5th, 1872, by casting a vote in the U.S. presidential election, despite women not yet having the right to vote. Her courageous act challenged gender norms and contributed to the ongoing fight for women’s suffrage.