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Chronicles of Darkness: 1877
- 1877 - 1878: Russo-Turkish War. Russia manages to defeat the Ottomans. Several Balkan states declare independence from the Ottomans.
- David Hughes, frustrated with an inability to decode the signals he has been receiving, shows a friend a diagram of them. To both men's surprise, Hughes' friend has seen the pattern before, at the British Museum of Natural History. The next day, Hughes goes to the Museum and visits an exhibit of Mayan stone carvings dating to the first centuries CE.
- Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.