What Happened in 1886

Historical Events

  • Jan 1st 1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena California)
  • Jan 15th Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue
  • Jan 18th Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
  • Jan 19th Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota

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Jan 26th Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • Jan 27th First British government of Salisbury resigns
  • Jan 29th 1st successful gasoline powered car patented by Karl Benz in Karlsruhe, Germany

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Feb 9th US President Grover Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Feb 12th 2nd British government of Salisbury forms

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Feb 13th Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class

Painter Thomas Eakins
Thomas Eakins
  • Feb 23rd Aluminum manufacturing process developed
  • Feb 23rd London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
  • Feb 23rd Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred" premieres
  • Mar 1st The Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore is founded by Bishop William Oldham.
  • Mar 6th 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA
  • Mar 6th 1st US nurses' magazine, The Nightingale, 1st appears, NYC
  • Mar 17th Carrollton Massacre (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed
  • Mar 20th 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation, Mass
  • Mar 26th 1st cremation in England
  • Mar 26th 48th Grand National: Tommy Skelton aboard Old Joe wins
  • Apr 6th City of Vancouver BC incorporated
  • Apr 6th Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga

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Apr 8th William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • Apr 8th First Home Rule Bill for Ireland presented by Gladstone, the Liberal Prime Minister of Britain, to the House of Commons

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Apr 25th Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • Apr 29th 1st public Dutch electricity opens
  • May 1st US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • May 3rd M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
  • May 4th Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • May 5th The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
  • May 8th Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)
  • May 14th 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50
  • May 19th Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres
  • May 21st 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
  • May 29th Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola
  • Jun 1st The railroads of the Southern United States convert 11,000 miles of track from a five foot rail gauge to standard gauge, beginning May 31.
  • Jun 2nd Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)
  • Jun 3rd 24 Christians burn to death in Namgongo, Uganda
  • Jun 5th 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41
  • Jun 8th First Home Rule Bill for Ireland defeated by 343 votes to 313 in the British House of Common
  • Jun 10th Eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys famous pink & white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces (North Island, New Zealand)
  • Jun 13th Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, BC
  • Jun 13th King Ludwig II of Bavaria found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich at 11:30 PM at 40. Builder of palace of Neuschwanstein and patron of Wagner
  • Jul 3rd 1st NY Tribune printing using 1st commercial linotype machine
  • Jul 3rd In Germany, Karl Benz drives 1st automobile
  • Jul 4th 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Pt Moody, BC
  • Jul 6th Horlick's of Wisconsin offers 1st malted milk to public
  • Jul 10th George Goldie gets charter for Royal Niger Company
  • Jul 17th 10th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-0 5-7 6-3 6-4)
  • Jul 23rd Steve Brodie supposedly survives plunge from Brooklyn Bridge
  • Jul 24th China takes British protectorate of Burma
  • Jul 28th British government led by Lord Salisbury forms
  • Aug 1st Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
  • Aug 4th Colombia adopts constitution
  • Aug 12th W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval

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Aug 13th John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • Aug 15th Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game
  • Aug 18th Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles
  • Aug 25th 1st international polo meet (US vs England)
  • Aug 28th 6th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman (4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Aug 31st 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
  • Aug 31st Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized
  • Sep 1st Netherland's New Code of Criminal Law enforced

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Sep 4th Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader

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Sep 6th Queen Victoria establishes Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Sep 9th The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is finalized.
  • Sep 11th Mayflower (US) beats Galatea (England) in 7th America's Cup
  • Sep 14th George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon
  • Sep 25th Comedy opera "Dorothy" first produced in London
  • Oct 1st US mint at Carson City, Nevada, closes
  • Oct 6th Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Resident Patient" (BG)
  • Oct 7th Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
  • Oct 8th Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Noble Bachelor" (BG)
  • Oct 10th 1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY
  • Oct 12th Hurricane & sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas
  • Oct 12th Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of 2nd Stain" (BG)
  • Oct 23rd St Louis Browns win World Championship by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10
  • Oct 26th Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in Russia
  • Oct 27th Musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" performed in Russia
  • Oct 28th Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City
  • Oct 30th Great Britain and Germany agree boundaries in East Africa
  • Nov 1st Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka was established with 37 students.
  • Nov 3rd Friars of Tilburg arrives on Curacao
  • Nov 4th Edward MacDowell's "Ophelia" premieres
  • Nov 5th 26th British Golf Open: David Brown shoots a 157 at Musselburgh Links
  • Nov 22nd Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 30th First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY
  • Nov 30th The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.

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Dec 8th American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • Dec 16th Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
  • Dec 22nd 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 237

  • Jan 2nd Moyshe Leyb Halpern, Galican/US poet (In New-York)
  • Jan 2nd Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (d. 1938)
  • Jan 2nd Apsley Cherry-Garrard, English Antarctic explorer (d. 1959)
  • Jan 3rd Arthur Mailey, cricketer (great Aussie leg-spinner & cartoonist)
  • Jan 3rd John G Fletcher, US, poet (Epic of Arkansas)
  • Jan 3rd Josephine Hull, Newtonville MA, Academy award actress (Harvey)
  • Jan 8th Noble Drew Ali, [Timothy Drew], NC, prophet (Moorish Science Temple)
  • Jan 10th Jose Antonio de Donostia, composer
  • Jan 11th George Zucco, England, actor (Adv of Sherlock Holmes, Capt Fury)
  • Jan 13th Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • Jan 14th Hugh Lofting, England, writer & illustrator (Dr Dolittle)
  • Jan 17th Glenn Luther Martin, aviator (Collier Trophy-1933)
  • Jan 17th Ronald Firbank, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot), born in London, England
  • Jan 18th Antoine Pevsner, French sculptor
  • Jan 18th Peter Alma, Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • Jan 21st Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Finance/Economy
  • Jan 22nd John Joseph Becker, composer
  • Jan 24th Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
  • Jan 25th Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (d. 1954)
  • Jan 26th Joannes A Veraart, Dutch economist/MP (Jews of the Netherlands)
  • Jan 28th Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
  • Jan 28th Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 31st Alfonso Lopez, Colombia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)
  • Feb 2nd Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)
  • Feb 3rd Erwin Kroll, German composer, born in German Eylau (d. 1976)
  • Feb 8th Charlie Ruggles, actor (Ruggles, Aesop-Bullwinkle Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12th Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer
  • Feb 12th Michel Brusselmans, composer
  • Feb 14th Theodor Werner, German painter
  • Feb 16th Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • Feb 16th Van Wyck Brooks, NJ, literary historian/writer (Ordeal of Mark Twain)
  • Feb 19th George Luther Foote, composer
  • Feb 20th Bela Kun, Czehul Romania, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • Feb 22nd Hugo Ball, German playwright/co-founder Flametti
  • Feb 23rd Albert Edward Sammons, composer
  • Feb 23rd Ventura Garcia Calderon, Peruvian diplomat/author
  • Feb 27th Hugo L Black, Ala, (Sen-D-Ala)/78th Supreme Court justice (1937-71)
  • Feb 28th Jose Gutierrez Solana, Spanish painter/author (Madrid Escenas)
  • Feb 28th Max Vasmer, German slavic (La Tertulia de Pombo)
  • Mar 1st Oskar Kokoschka, Russia/Austrian/British, painter (Erasmus Prize 1960)
  • Mar 2nd Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • Mar 3rd James Friskin, composer
  • Mar 3rd Reginald Owen Morris, composer
  • Mar 3rd Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (d. 1968)
  • Mar 4th Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • Mar 5th Paul Radmilovic, England, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1908)
  • Mar 5th Dong Biwu, High-ranking member of the Communist Party of China (d. 1975)
  • Mar 7th Raymond Largay, Wisc, actor (April in Variety Girl), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 8th Anton Portielje, Dutch radio host/zoo director (Artis)
  • Mar 8th Edward Kendall, chemist, isolated cortisone (Nobel 1950)
  • Mar 13th Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist
  • Mar 13th John "Home Run" Baker, hall of famer (hit 2 HR in 1911 world series)
  • Mar 14th Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist (d. 1964)
  • Mar 17th Princess Patricia of Connaught, British princess (d. 1974)
  • Mar 18th Edward Everett Horton, American actor/narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 18th Kurt Koffka, Germany, Gestalt psychologist
  • Mar 18th Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, Dutch author (Between Heaven & Earth)
  • Mar 24th Athenagoras I, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • Mar 24th Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • Mar 25th Athenagoras, Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • Mar 26th Hugh Mulzac, America military officer (d. 1971)
  • Mar 27th Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, German/US architect (Bauhaus)
  • Mar 27th Sergey Kirov, Russian bolshevik leader (d. 1934)
  • Mar 28th Jaroslav Novotny, composer
  • Mar 29th Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, composer
  • Mar 30th Stanislaw Lesniewski, Poland, logician/mathematician
  • Apr 1st Casimir von Paszthory, composer
  • Apr 1st Wallace Beery, actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Apr 5th Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter)
  • Apr 6th Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, The Last Nizam of Hyderabad state (d. 1967)
  • Apr 7th Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • Apr 8th Margaret A Barnes, writer

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Apr 8th Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Apr 10th Val Paul, American actor and director, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 13th Ethel Leginska, composer
  • Apr 14th Edward C Tolman, US psychologist (behaviorism)
  • Apr 14th Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian
  • Apr 15th Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (d. 1921)
  • Apr 16th Ernst Thalmann, German communist presidential candidate
  • Apr 16th Jekabs Graubins, composer
  • Apr 16th Konstantin Mostras, composer
  • Apr 17th Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
  • Apr 21st Charlie Naughton, actor (Frozen Limits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 24th Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, born in Erfurt (d. 1975)
  • Apr 24th R Pelgrom, oldest Dutch man (died Apr 15, 1994, 9 days short of 108)
  • Apr 26th Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)
  • Apr 26th Ğabdulla Tuqay, Tatar poet (d. 1913)
  • Apr 28th Erich Salomon, German photographer
  • Apr 30th Frank Merrik, composer
  • May 2nd Gottfried Benn, writer
  • May 3rd Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (d. 1971)
  • May 5th Manuel Borguno, composer
  • May 8th Jef van Hoof, composer
  • May 9th Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • May 10th Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • May 10th Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • May 10th Felix Manalo, Founder and 1st Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • May 12th Albert Saverys, Flemish painter
  • May 12th Hermann Grabner, composer
  • May 12th Piotr F Scharoff, Russian/Italian actor/director (Chechov)

Famous Weddings

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Feb 24th Inventor Thomas Edison (38) marries 2nd wife Mina Miller (20) in Akron Ohio.

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

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Apr 28th Painter Paul Cézanne (47) weds Marie-Hortense Fiquet (36)

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne

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Jun 2nd 22nd and 24th US President Grover Cleveland (49) weds Frances Folsom (21) in the Blue Room at the White House

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland

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Jun 19th US President William Taft (28) weds Helen Herron (25) in Cincinnati, Ohio

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 11th Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14th Neurologist Sigmund Freud (30) weds Martha Bernays (25) in Hamburg, Germany

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 2nd 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

First Lady of the United States Edith Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Edith Roosevelt
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21st Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low (26) weds William Mackay Low in Savannah, Georgia

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4th Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horace), dies at 77
  • Jan 9th Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 16th Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
  • Jan 18th Michal Czajchovski, [Sadik Pasja], writer, dies
  • Jan 18th Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter (b. 1819)
  • Jan 26th David Rice Atchison, American politician (b. 1807)
  • Mar 18th Leopold Zunz, German intellect (Synagogue Poetry), dies at 91
  • Mar 29th John Keble, theologian, Bournemouth
  • Mar 30th Joseph-Alfred Mousseau, French Canadian politician (b. 1838)
  • Mar 31st Giovanni Rossi, composer, dies at 57
  • Apr 9th Joseph V von Scheffel, German writer (Ekkehard), dies at 60
  • Apr 13th Karoly Thern, composer, dies at 68
  • May 1st Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • May 1st Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • May 5th Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61

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May 15th Emily Dickinson, US poet, dies at 55

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May 17th John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • May 23rd Leopold von Ranke, German historian (b. 1795)
  • Jun 11th Antonio C G Crespo, Brazilian/Portuguese poet, dies at 40
  • Jun 14th Alexandr Ostrovsky, Russian dramatist (b. 1823)
  • Jun 18th Joannes A Paredis, Belgian/Neth bishop of Roermond, dies at 90
  • Jul 5th Henry Gerhard, founder (Social-Democratic Union), dies at 57
  • Jul 16th Ned Buntline, [Edward Zane Carroll Judson], author, dies
  • Jul 29th Adolf Muller, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 29th Solomon Gazfried, rabbi/author (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch), dies

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Jul 31st Franz Liszt [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies at 74

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt
  • Aug 3rd Per August Olander, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 6th Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • Aug 9th Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • Aug 10th Eduard Grell, composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 11th Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (b. 1843)
  • Aug 13th Adolf von Doss, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 16th Swami Ramakrishna, Indies philosopher, dies at 50
  • Aug 22nd Jose da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Indiana), dies at 67
  • Aug 30th Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (b. 1836)
  • Sep 3rd William W. Snow, American politician (b. 1812)
  • Sep 14th Hubert Reis, German composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 20th John Liptrot Hatton, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 8th Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)
  • Oct 10th David L Yule, 1st Jewish US senator, dies
  • Oct 18th Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • Oct 21st Jose Hernandez, Argentine poet (La vuelta the MartinFierro), dies
  • Oct 23rd Johann Nepomuk Kafka, composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 8th Frederick J "Fred" Archer, English jockey, commits suicide at 29
  • Nov 11th Paul Bert, Auxerre, French Zoologist, Physiologist and pioneer of aerospace medicine whose study of the effects of air pressure on the body made possible space and ocean exploration, dies of dysentery at 53

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Nov 18th Chester A. Arthur, 21st US president (1881-85), dies at 56

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • Nov 22nd William Bliss Baker, American painter (b. 1859)
  • Dec 5th Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
  • Dec 14th Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer, dies at 27