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
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

The last quagga (zebra subspecies) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.

On August 12, 1883


World Leaders in 1883

Famous People in 1883

Famous Weddings

Would You Believe?

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

On September 13, 1883