- 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 Orient Express' 1st run, linking Turkey to Europe by rail
Seismic sea waves created by Krakatoa eruption create a rise in English Channel 32 hrs after explosion
On August 29, 1883