What Happened in 1883

Significant Events

  • Jan 19 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey
  • Aug 27 Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people
  • Oct 4 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul
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Seismic sea waves created by Krakatoa eruption create a rise in English Channel 32 hrs after explosion

On August 29, 1883


World Leaders in 1883

Famous People in 1883

Would You Believe?

Hugh Daily, a one-armed pitcher for Cleveland (Forest City), tosses 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia

On September 13, 1883

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