What Happened in 1885

Significant Events

  • Feb 5 News of the fall of Khartoum reaches London
  • Feb 5 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
  • Feb 18 Mark Twain publishes the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in the US
  • Feb 26 Berlin Conference gives Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to Great Britain
  • May 19 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland
  • Jul 6 Louis Pasteur successfully tests an anti-rabies vaccine
  • Nov 10 German engineer Gottlieb Daimler unveils the world's first motorcycle
  • Dec 22 Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan
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