What Happened in 1884

Significant Events

  • Feb 1 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
  • Mar 13 Siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins by Mahdist forces, lasts 10 months
  • Jul 3 Dow Jones publishes its 1st stock index, the Dow Jones Transportation Average
  • Sep 23 American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine, the beginning of data processing
  • Oct 13 Greenwich in London established as the universal time meridian of longitude
  • Oct 22 International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian
  • Nov 15 Colonization of Africa organized at international conference in Berlin
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Did You Know?

"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)

On December 10, 1884


World Leaders in 1884

Famous People in 1884

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 19 Painter Thomas Eakins (39) weds painter and photographer Susan Macdowell (32) in a Quaker ceremony
  • Jan 24 Abolitionist Frederick Douglass marries his second wife suffragist Helen Pitts
  • May 1 "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 3 Mechanical engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor (28) weds Louise M. Spooner
  • May 29 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London
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