The Times of the Prophets

    “The Times of the Prophets,” New Era, Jan. 1972, 10–11

    The Times of the Prophets


    Inventions, Discoveries

    Social Conditions




    World Events

    Church Happenings


    Beethoven composes Moonlight Sonata

    Beethoven composes Pastoral Symphony

    Locomotive (Great Britain)

    Fulton’s steamship (US)

    Morphine, narcotic analgesic

    Pyrenees and Mont Perdu explored

    Bare-knuckle boxing held openly in England, secretly in US


    Constable paints The Hay Wain

    Stethoscope (France)

    Napoleon abdicates

    First ascent of Jungfrau in Switzerland

    Greatest North American continental earthquake; war between Great Britain and US

    Tomboro erupted twice in Java


    Nash designs the Royal Pavilion

    Beethoven composes Ninth Symphony

    Mendelssohn composes Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Rossini composes William Tell Overture

    Quinine for Malaria

    Braille type (France)

    College fraternities and sororities founded

    Skiing introduced

    US Monroe Doctrine declared

    Prophet’s first vision; visitations of Moroni; visits to Hill Cumorah; plates, Urim and Thummim given to Joseph Smith; translation of Book of Mormon begins; Aaronic, Melchizedek priesthoods restored


    Turner paints Burning of House of Parliament

    Berlioz composes Romeo and Juliet

    Colt revolver; daguerreotype

    Morse code in use; English socialists revolt against industry; slavery abolished in British Empire

    Victoria Queen of England; Revolution in France; first British reform bill gives vote to middle class

    Antarctica explored by many countries; David Livingstone in Africa; land discovered south of Australia (Bellany Islands); great Boer trek to Transvaal, South Africa

    Horses Edwin Forrest and Sally Miller hold trotting records; John C. Stevens, R. B. Forbes, champion yachtsmen

    Battle of Alamo; Belgium awarded independence from Netherlands; Opium War between China and Britain

    Organization of church; Book of Mormon published; Saints move from New York to Ohio, from Ohio to Missouri, from Missouri to Illinois; Kirtland, Nauvoo temples built; missionaries sent to Europe, South Seas


    Schumann composes Symphony no. 4

    Wagner composes Lohengrin

    Mendelssohn composes Elijah Oratorio

    Sewing machine; ether for anesthetic

    Planet Neptune discovered

    Disraeli, Gladstone, Bismarck in power

    Saints arrive in Salt Lake Valley

    First regular baseball diamond laid out in New York

    South American countries developing

    Communist Manifesto written

    Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith


    Paxton designs Crystal Palace, London

    Berlioz composes Symphonie Fantastique

    Handel’s Messiah performed in Salt Lake

    Bicycle; typewriter; dynamite

    Atlantic cable laid

    Maximillian overthrown by Juarez in Mexico

    Great westward expansion in America

    First Kentucky Derby

    Origin of Species published

    Brigham Young Academy in Provo started


    Great period of Victorian writing—Brontë sisters, Thackeray, Dickens, Tennyson; “Dixie” composed

    Whistler paints Little White Girl

    Verdi composes Aida

    Chewing gum; Sweden’s mechanical cream separator

    Suez Canal finished

    Slavery in US abolished

    US transcontinental railroad completed

    National Women’s Suffrage Association formed

    Ruins of Troy uncovered; gold discovered in California

    Ice hockey introduced in Ontario

    Crimean War

    Alaska bought from Russia for two cents an acre

    Temple building; colonization throughout intermountain area


    Mussorgsky composes Pictures at an Exhibition

    Renoir paints Moulin de la Galette

    Rodin sculpts The Thinker

    Edison’s phonograph



    Nine-pin bowling banned in New England for gambling

    Chicago fire

    Martin Harris rebaptized


    Dr. A. Conan Doyle creates Sherlock Holmes

    Ben Hur written

    Seurat paints A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

    Edison’s incandescent lamp; Scotland’s first automobile “tyre”; Robert Koch discovers tuberculosis germ

    German scientist discovers X-ray

    Telephone comes to church headquarters; National Geographic Society formed; Canadian Pacific Railway spans Canada

    Eiffel Tower opens

    Alexander II of Russia assassinated; military conscription in Japan; assassination of US president Garfield

    Wilhelm II kaiser of Germany

    Gold rush to Alaska

    Amateur Athletic Association formed in England

    Missionary movement expands to far-distant countries; first world skyscraper built in Chicago (ten stories!)

    MIA Contributor published; golden jubilee of founding of Church celebrated; “God Be with You” favorite new hymn


    First film studio built in Hollywood; Tabernacle Choir concert at Chicago Exhibition

    Tiffany table lamp

    Martin Buber, Jewish philosopher, gains prominence

    First automobile (Benz) on display at Paris Exposition; Italy’s Marconi makes wireless telegraphy practical

    Radio- telegraphy becomes trans-Atlantic

    First gasoline car manufactured; player piano on market; Brazil frees slaves

    Diphtheria antitoxin perfected; adrenaline heart stimulant discovered

    Cuban Republic inaugurated; Winston Churchill prisoner in Boer War

    Gold discovered in western Australia

    Basketball devised by YMCA instructor; John L. Sullivan wins boxing heavyweight championship; first modern-day Olympics in Athens

    Henry Vardon takes US Open in golf; World heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries

    Largest meteorite, weighing 37 1/2 pounds found in Greenland

    Spanish- American War

    Manifesto signed discontinuing polygamy; Salt Lake Temple completed after 40 years; first issue Improvement Era

    Teaching of and emphasis on law of tithing; Japanese Mission opened


    Ravel composes Rapsodie Espagnole

    Charlie Chaplin introduced as new film talent

    Kandinsky paints Blue Mountain

    The Curies isolate radium

    Netherlands invents electro- cardiograph; aspirin; Novocaine

    Germany develops flat phonograph discs

    Hershey bars and Kellogg’s cornflakes; horseless carriage clocked at 15 miles per hour; Boy Scouts started in England

    Teddy Roosevelt US president

    Commonwealth of Australia established

    Wright Brothers fly

    Admiral Peary reaches North Pole

    Jack Johnson world boxing champion; cricket great, W. G. Grace, dies

    McKinley assassinated

    First international arbitration court opens at Hague

    San Francisco earthquake does $500,000,000 damage

    First issue of the Children’s Friend; Apostle Reed Smoot seated in Senate after overcoming opposition; dedication of Joseph Smith Monument


    Stravinsky composes The Rite of Spring

    Mondrian paints Composition in Blue


    Nicholas II of Russia shot; Turkish-Italian War; World War I

    Schweitzer starts African work

    Panama Canal

    Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage

    Sun Yat-sen leads Chinese Revolution

    Expansion of building program including erection of Church Office Building; work begun on Alberta and Hawaii temples


    Frank Lloyd Wright designs Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

    Ravel composes Bolero

    Caruso makes last appearance—at New York Met




    Holland, vitamin B

    League of Nations formed; technicolor; television

    Mussolini dictator of Italy; Irish Free State founded; Finland a republic

    Lindberg flies monoplane nonstop across Atlantic; Queen Elizabeth ocean liner sails

    Man O’ War and Seabiscuit winners at the track

    Devastating earthquake in Japan

    Stock market crash and depression

    Church Welfare Program starts


    Talking pictures change film industry; big bands for ballroom dancing craze

    Prokofiev composes Peter and the Wolf

    Grant Wood paints American Gothic

    Artificial heart developed

    Sulfa drugs

    Uranium atom split

    Britain discovers penicillin, vitamin A

    Trans-Atlantic radio; jet engine

    Sonja Henie figure skating champion; Joe Louis and Max Schmeling tops in boxing; Dizzy Dean, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth famous in baseball

    Hitler’s blitzkrieg

    Edward VIII abdicates British throne

    World War II

    Tabernacle Choir broadcast over CBS begins; assistants named to Council of the Twelve


    Rockwell paints The Four Freedoms

    Swedish monaural sound brings long-playing records; soap operas, comic books, Disney characters big hits

    Antibiotics advance medicine; cortisone discovered

    Drive-in everything— movies, laundries, banks, and eateries

    Ireland gains independence; post WW II Allied occupation underway; US cold war in Korea

    Flying saucers in the news; Sons of the Utah Pioneers reenact 1847 Mormon trek across plains

    Babe Ruth honored by fans in Yankee Stadium

    Atomic bomb

    Henry Ford dies; General Douglas MacArthur relieved of Far-East command

    Idaho Falls Temple dedicated

    Church welfare helps feed starving Europe


    Promised Valley produced for Church’s centennial

    Niemeyer designs Palace of the Dawn, Brasilia

    Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II televised

    Air conditioning for cars; vaccine for polio and measles; cancer and cigarettes linked

    Swiss women given vote; jetliner service between London and Africa

    Rockefeller provides New York property for UN

    Mid-East crisis; Charles de Gaulle French Prime Minister

    Sputnik I launched by Russia; Nautilus crosses North Pole under ice pack

    Mt. Everest conquered by Hillary of New Zealand

    St. Lawrence seaway links Great Lakes and Atlantic


    Church film “Man’s Search for Happiness” a hit at New York World’s Fair; stereo sound produced Saarinen designs CBS Building, New York

    Fuller designs American Pavilion Expo ’67

    Alaska and Hawaii new US states

    Kennedy brothers assassinated in US; Vietnam war

    Communications satellite orbits and conference heard worldwide

    Astronauts plant US flag on moon; primitive tribe found in Philippine jungle

    Quota system on missionaries; Church correlation, family home evening emphasis; membership growing from two to three million


    The Beatles and mod look in clothes, arts, crafts; posters on every conceivable subject; obscenity rampant

    Cassette recorders, tape decks for cars; laser light, keystone to future technology; Boeing’s 747 superjet launched

    Campus unrest; racism; pollution; consumerism; women’s lib

    US withdrawal from Vietnam; civil war in Ireland; China recognized in UN

    World jogs in fitness kick; all-Church athletics replaced by regional events

    Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin’s daughter, marries in US; exchange students, travel groups shrink world

    Three magazines replace old ones; Ensign (adults), New Era (youth), Friend (children); new church skyscraper in Salt Lake

    Events in the Times of the Prophets