What Happened in 1882

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 104

  • Jan 2nd Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust

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Jan 13th Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • Jan 15th 1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH)
  • Jan 17th 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office
  • Jan 25th Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms
  • Jan 26th France government of Gambetta falls
  • Feb 3rd Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
  • Feb 6th The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 7th Last bare knuckle champion John L Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Miss
  • Feb 10th Rimski-Korsakov's opera "Snyegurochka" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Feb 12th Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 15th SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand for Britain with the first cargo of frozen meat.
  • Feb 17th 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Feb 21st NYC's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
  • Feb 22nd With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize
  • Feb 22nd The Serbian kingdom is refounded.
  • Feb 28th 1st US college cooperative store opens, at Harvard U

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Mar 2nd Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor.

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Mar 3rd NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings
  • Mar 4th Britain's first electric trams run in East London.
  • Mar 6th Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
  • Mar 11th Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton NJ
  • Mar 16th US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross
  • Mar 18th Morgan Earp is assassinated by outlaws while playing billiards in Tombstone
  • Mar 19th 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Mar 22nd Edmunds Act adopted by the US to suppress polygamy, 1300 men later imprisoned under the act

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Mar 24th German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis ( Mycobacterium tuberculosis)

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Robert Koch
  • Mar 24th 44th Grand National: Lord Manners aboard Seaman wins
  • Mar 25th 1st demonstration of pancake making (Dept store in NYC)
  • Mar 29th Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men
  • Apr 3rd Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks

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Apr 3rd American outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford at home in St Joseph

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • Apr 10th Captain William Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco & Hawaii)
  • Apr 13th Anti-Semitic League forms in Prussia
  • Apr 29th The "Elektromote" - forerunner of the trolleybus - is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.
  • May 6th Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration
  • May 6th Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria
  • May 6th Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • May 8th David Belasco's "La Belle Russe" premieres in NYC
  • May 9th Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • May 13th Toba indians killed 20 members of French expedition
  • May 15th May Laws-Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
  • May 16th 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • May 20th Germany/Austria-Hungary/France sign Triple Alliance
  • May 20th Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago
  • May 20th St Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
  • May 23rd 6" of snow falls in eastern Iowa
  • May 27th 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5
  • Jun 2nd Pierre de Brazza festival welcomed in Paris
  • Jun 5th Storm & floods hits Bombay; about 100,000 die
  • Jun 6th Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay, India) drowns 100,000
  • Jun 6th Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC
  • Jun 6th The Shewan forces of Menelik defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and heir victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.
  • Jun 8th 16th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Forester wins in 2:43
  • Jun 10th Anti-colonization mass society of Alexandria Egypt kills 50 Europeans
  • Jun 16th 17" hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa
  • Jun 17th Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
  • Jun 24th NL expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty
  • Jul 4th Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in San Francisco
  • Jul 6th 14 Russian Jews from Bilu arrive in Jaffa, Palestine
  • Jul 11th British fleet bombs Alexandria
  • Jul 12th 1st ocean pier in US completed, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 13th 200 die as train derails near Tcherny, Russia
  • Jul 17th 6th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats E Renshaw (6-1 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-2)
  • Jul 18th Louisville Tony Mullane is 1st to pitch righty then lefty
  • Jul 28th Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" premieres in Beirut
  • Aug 3rd Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration
  • Aug 5th Martial law is imposed in Japan.
  • Aug 5th Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • Aug 7th Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die
  • Aug 8th Snow falls on Lake Michigan
  • Aug 14th Queen Victoria recieves Zulu chief Cetewayo
  • Aug 16th British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria

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Aug 20th Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow

  • Aug 29th Australia beat England by 7 runs - "Death of English cricket"

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Aug 29th Fred Spofforth completes 14-90 for match v England (7-46 & 7-44)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth
  • Sep 2nd 2nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Clarence M. Clark (6-1, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Sep 3rd French/Vietnamese/Chinese battle at Hanoi, 100s die

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Sep 4th 1st large-scale test of Thomas Edison's light bulb - lighting of NY's Pearl Street Station

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Sep 5th 10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC
  • Sep 10th 1st international conference to promote anti-semitism meets Dresden Germany (Congress for Safeguarding of Non-Jewish Interests)
  • Sep 12th Belgian King Leopold II receives Pierre de Brazza
  • Sep 13th Battle at Count el-Kebir: British troops invade Egypt
  • Sep 14th British General Wolseley reaches Cairo
  • Sep 15th British General Wolseley occupies Cairo
  • Sep 18th Pacific Stock Exchange opens (as Local Security Board)
  • Sep 25th 1st baseball doubleheader (Providence & Worcester)
  • Sep 30th 22nd British Golf Open: Bob Ferguson shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 6th 1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0
  • Oct 7th 1st World Series (game 2), Chicago (NL) beats Cincinnati (AA) 2-0
  • Oct 14th University of the Punjab is founded in present day Pakistan.
  • Oct 16th The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.
  • Oct 19th Pierre de Brazza meets Henry Morton Stanley
  • Oct 28th Athletics reveal $22,000 profit in their 1st season in the American Association
  • Nov 5th Bedrich Smetana's "Ma Vlast" premieres
  • Nov 15th British HMS Flirt destroys village of Asaba, Niger
  • Nov 16th British gunboat HMS Flirt fires at & destroys Abari village in Niger
  • Dec 2nd Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
  • Dec 6th Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit
  • Dec 10th John Brahms' "Gesang der Parzen" (Song of the Fates) premieres

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 230

  • Jan 1st W C Wendelaar, mayor of Alkmaar (1919-34)/Dutch MP (VVD)
  • Jan 3rd Willem Benoy, Flemish actor/director (Pygmalion)
  • Jan 4th Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist (d. 1943)
  • Jan 5th Herbert Bayard Swope, U.S. journalist who coined the term "Cold War" (d. 1958)
  • Jan 6th Samuel Rayburn, Tenn, (Rep-D-Tx), speaker of the House (1940-57)
  • Jan 6th Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (d. 1949)
  • Jan 6th Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop (d. 1965)
  • Jan 10th Charles Trowbridge, Vera Cruz Mexico, actor (Fatal Hour)
  • Jan 12th Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • Jan 12th Milton Sills, American actor (d. 1930)
  • Jan 14th Hendrik W van Loon, Netherland, commentator/writer (Story of America)
  • Jan 15th Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist (Polish Peasant in Europe)
  • Jan 15th Princess Margaret of Sweden (d. 1920)
  • Jan 17th Noah Beery, Smithville AR, actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro)

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Jan 17th Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein

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Jan 18th Alan Alexander Milne, Hampstead Middlesex, English author (Winnie-the-Pooh)

Author A.A. Milne
A.A. Milne
  • Jan 18th Jacob Clay, Dutch philospher/phyicist (Mesones)
  • Jan 21st Pavel Florensky, Russian mathematician (d. 1937)
  • Jan 22nd Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer (d. 1956)

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Jan 25th Virginia Woolf [Adeline], author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse), born in London, England (d. 1941)

  • Jan 27th Giuseppe Prezzolini, Italy, writer (La Voce, La Cultura Italiano)

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Jan 30th Franklin Roosevelt, New Hyde Park NY, 32nd US President (1933-1945), (d. 1945)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jan 31st Josephus RH van Schaik, Dutch lawyer/vice-premier

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Feb 1st Louis St. Laurent, Compton Quebec, (L) 12th Canadian PM (1948-57)

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent

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Feb 2nd James Joyce, Ireland, novelist/poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake)

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • Feb 2nd James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
  • Feb 3rd Trijntje Jansma-Boskma; oldest person in the Netherlands
  • Feb 5th Felice Lattuada, composer
  • Feb 8th George Siegmann, actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist)
  • Feb 8th Thomas Selfridge, First person to die in an airplane crash (d. 1908).
  • Feb 9th Thomas Campbell, South African cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests 1909-12)
  • Feb 11th Gheorghe Cucu, composer
  • Feb 12th Walter Vaes, Flemish painter/etcher
  • Feb 14th George Jean Nathan, US, editor/author/critic (American Mercury)
  • Feb 14th Ignaz Friedman, composer
  • Feb 15th John Barrymore, American actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • Feb 17th Kurt Schindler, composer
  • Feb 22nd Eric Gill, England, sculptor/engraver/typographer (Perpetua)
  • Feb 23rd Ladislav Vycpalek, composer
  • Feb 25th Jozef Goossenaerts, Flemish philologist (Language boundary)
  • Feb 26th Walter Lucht, German artillery general (WW I/WW II)
  • Feb 26th Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
  • Feb 28th Geraldine Farrar, US soprano/actress (Story of American Singer)
  • Feb 28th Jose Vasconcelos, politician/essayist/philosopher, born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1959)
  • Feb 28th Richard Heinrich Stein, composer
  • Mar 1st Ida Moore, Altoona Ks, actress (Mr Music, Ma & Pa Kettle at Waikiki)
  • Mar 2nd Wallis Clark, Essex England, actress (Postal Inspector)
  • Mar 3rd Floris H L Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp
  • Mar 4th Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian diplomat, government minister, and former President of the League of Nations (d. 1941)
  • Mar 6th Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • Mar 6th F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (d. 1980)
  • Mar 14th Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (d. 1969)
  • Mar 15th Jim Lightbody, American runner (d. 1953)
  • Mar 18th Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
  • Mar 19th Gaston Lachaise, US sculptor (Standing Woman)
  • Mar 20th René Coty, Le Harve France, president of France (1953-58)
  • Mar 21st Gilbert M Anderson, [Max Aronson], Little Rock AR
  • Mar 23rd C Montague Shaw, Adelaide Australia
  • Mar 23rd Emmy Noether, German mathematician (d. 1935)
  • Mar 25th Haydn Wood, English composer, born in Slaithwaite (d. 1959)
  • Mar 26th Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (d. 1940)
  • Mar 30th Melanie Klein, Austrian/British psycho analysis
  • Apr 1st Paul Anspach, Belgian Olympic champion fencer (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3rd Simon Elzinga, Dutch educator
  • Apr 4th Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • Apr 5th Don Blackie, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1928-29) (d. 1955)
  • Apr 7th Bert "Dainty" Ironmonger, cricketer (belated Australian rep 1928-33)
  • Apr 7th Kurt von Schleiger, German chancellor (12/2/32-1/28/33)
  • Apr 9th Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, (d. 1946)
  • Apr 10th Simon F H J Berkelbach Van der Sprenkel, theologist (Fear & Religion)
  • Apr 14th Moritz Schlick, Austrian philosopher, (d. 1936)
  • Apr 15th Giovanni Amendola, Italian antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo)
  • Apr 16th Seth Bingham, composer
  • Apr 17th Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
  • Apr 18th Leopold Stokowski, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony), born in London, England
  • Apr 20th Holland Smith, U.S. General (d. 1967)
  • Apr 21st Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)
  • Apr 23rd Albert Coates, St Petersburg Russia, conductor/composer (Eagle)
  • Apr 23rd Max [G M J] Winders Maximilien, Belgium, architect (WW II)
  • Apr 24th Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970)
  • Apr 28th Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist
  • Apr 29th Hendrik N Werkman, painter/printer/resistance fighter (Hot printing)
  • Apr 30th Trijntje "Nine" van de Schaaf, author (To the Invisible)
  • May 4th Wilhelm Lehmann, writer
  • May 5th Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist
  • May 6th Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
  • May 7th Willem Elsschot, [Alfons J de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend)
  • May 8th Philips C Visser, Dutch explorer/diplomat

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May 9th Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Henry J. Kaiser
  • May 9th George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • May 10th Thurston Hall, actor (Roaming Lady, In Society), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 11th Joseph Marx, Austrian composer/critic
  • May 13th Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, born in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise (d. 1963)
  • May 18th Eduardo Fabini, composer
  • May 18th Babe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • May 19th Mohammed Mosaddeq, Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)
  • May 20th Sigrid Undset, Norway, novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
  • May 21st Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Hostage Rights of Aemstel)
  • May 23rd James Gleason, writer/actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), born in NYC, New York
  • May 24th Creighton Hale, Cork Ireland, actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East)

Famous Weddings

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Aug 2nd Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (26) weds Fanny Smith

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3rd William H Ainsworth, English writer (Guy Fawkes), dies at 76
  • Jan 4th John William Draper, English scientist, photographer (b. 1811)
  • Jan 6th Richard Henry Dana, U.S. novelist (Two Years Before the Mast) (b. 1815)
  • Jan 11th Theodor Schwann, German physiologist (b. 1810)
  • Jan 13th Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)
  • Jan 20th John Linnell, British painter/minaturist/engraver, dies
  • Jan 21st Anton Emil Titl, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 24th Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
  • Jan 25th Peter Singer, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 2nd Fabio Campana, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 3rd Guglielmo Quarenghi, composer, dies at 55
  • Feb 11th Gustav Schmidt, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 13th Henry Highland Garnet, diplomat, dies in Monrovia Liberia at 66
  • Mar 2nd Louis Kufferath, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 24th Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet (Song of Hiawatha), dies at 75
  • Apr 3rd Friedrich Wilhelm Kucken, composer, dies at 71

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Apr 3rd Jesse James, outlaw, shot dead at 34, in St Joseph Mo by Robert Ford

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • Apr 9th Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter, dies at 53
  • Apr 13th Bruno Bauer, German theologian (b. 1809)
  • Apr 17th George Jennings Sanitary engineer (b. 1810)

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Apr 19th Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) who conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, dies of heart failure at 73

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

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Apr 27th Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet (Representive Men), dies of pneumonia at 78

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • May 6th Frederick Cavendish, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • May 6th Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • May 13th Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer, murdered at 35
  • May 29th Vasily Perov, Russian painter (b. 1833)

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Jun 2nd Guiseppi Garibaldi, Italian general and nationalist (Risorgimento) who helped unify Italy, dies at 74

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • Jun 3rd Christian Wilberg, German painter (b. 1839)
  • Jun 11th Louis Maigret, Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1804)
  • Jun 24th Joseph Joachim Raff, German opera composer (Cavatine), dies at 60
  • Jun 25th François Jouffroy, French sculptor (b. 1806)


Jun 30th Charles J. Guiteau, assassin (President Garfield), hanged at 40

  • Jun 30th Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman (b. 1827)
  • Jul 4th Joseph Brackett, American composer (b. 1797)
  • Jul 9th Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero(b. 1848)
  • Jul 11th Eugene L Simonis, Belgian sculptor, dies on 72nd birthday
  • Jul 12th Alfred Humphreys Pease, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 13th Johnny Ringo, American Gunfighter (b. 1850)

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Jul 16th Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)

First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady of the United States
Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Aug 1st Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet, dies of tuberculosis at 43
  • Sep 8th Joseph Liouville, French mathematician (surface of Liouville), dies
  • Sep 19th Andreas I Schaepman, archbishop of Utrecht (1868-82), dies at 67
  • Oct 13th Arthur de Gobineau, French philosopher (b. 1816)
  • Oct 20th Olegario Victor Andrade, Argentina poet (El arpa perdida), dies at 41
  • Oct 22nd Janos Arany, Hungarians poet (Toldi Szerelme), dies at 65
  • Oct 29th Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 2nd Cenobio Paniagua y Vasques, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 20th Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer, dies at 62
  • Nov 21st Sergei G Netsjajev, Russian nihilist, dies at 35
  • Nov 26th Otto T Freiherr von Manteuffel, premier of Prussia, dies
  • Dec 3rd Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1811)
  • Dec 6th A Trollope, writer, dies
  • Dec 6th Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)
  • Dec 12th Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer and abolitionist, dies at 59
  • Dec 31st Leon Michel Gambetta, French attorney/premier (1881-82), dies at 44