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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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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