What Happened in 1888

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 111

  • Jan 3 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Dutch Heidemaatschappij (land reclamation) established
  • Jan 7 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG)
  • Jan 13 National Geographic Society founded (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jan 27 National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 30 Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria
  • Feb 2 Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • Feb 24 Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
  • Feb 28 Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
  • Feb 28 Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres
  • Mar 2 The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
  • Mar 10 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche"
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
  • Mar 11 Great blizzard of '88 strikes northeastern US
  • Mar 12 2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in NE US (400 die)
  • Mar 13 Great Blizzard of 1888 rages
  • Mar 14 2nd largest snowfall in NYC history (21")
  • Mar 20 Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  • Mar 20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • Mar 21 Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London
  • Mar 22 English Football League established
  • Mar 23 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard Playfair wins
  • Mar 25 Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber
  • Apr 1 Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
  • Apr 7 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Yellow Face" (BG)
  • Apr 11 The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated.
  • Apr 16 Drentse & Friese peat cutters go on strike
  • Apr 20 246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India

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Apr 24 Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 29 Old Kavallison, Congo: Henry Morton Stanley meets Emin Pasha

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Apr 30 Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi
  • May 4 Italy & Spain sign military covenant
  • May 7 Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris
  • May 7 George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
  • May 11 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
  • May 12 Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
  • May 13 DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
  • May 13 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery
  • May 14 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
  • May 16 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • May 22 Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers
  • Jun 1 California gets its 1st seismograph
  • Jun 3 "Casey at the Bat" published (SF Examiner)

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Jun 5 US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Jun 5 The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place.
  • Jun 9 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25
  • Jun 13 US Congress creates Department of Labor

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Jun 15 Wilhelm II becomes Emperor of Germany

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Jun 15 2nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Bertha Townsend beats Ellen Hansell (6-3, 6-5)
  • Jun 20 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Libertas

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 23 Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 25 Republican Convention in Chicago nominates Benjamin Harrison

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • Jun 29 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder
  • Jul 4 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz
  • Jul 11 118°F (48°C), Bennett, Colorado (state record)
  • Jul 11 Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall
  • Jul 15 Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years
  • Jul 16 5th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley (6-3 6-3)
  • Jul 16 12th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ernest Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-3 7-5 6-0)
  • Jul 23 John Boyd Dunlop applies to patent pneumatic tire
  • Jul 27 Philip Pratt unveils 1st American electric tricycle
  • Aug 7 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door

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Aug 10 NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win streak record

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • Aug 11 California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)

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Aug 12 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • Aug 20 Longest US men's single tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80-game 1st-round contest
  • Aug 21 American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine
  • Aug 28 8th U.S. Men's National Championship: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor (6-4, 6-1, 6-0)
  • Aug 30 Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day
  • Aug 31 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols, is found in Whitechapel , in London's East End.
  • Sep 1 Dutch Railway Deventer-Almelo opens
  • Sep 4 George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

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Sep 6 Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnon's Imperial British East Africa Company political & commercial rights

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Sep 6 Charles Turner becomes the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season - a feat since accomplished only by Tom Richardson (twice), J.T. Hearne, Wilfred Rhodes (twice) and Tich Freeman (six times).
  • Sep 7 Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York
  • Sep 8 In England the first six Football League matches ever are played.
  • Sep 11 Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day is chosen.
  • Sep 12 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Greek Interpreter" (BG)
  • Sep 18 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Sign of Four" (BG)
  • Sep 19 World's 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium)
  • Sep 25 Royal Court Theatre, London, opens
  • Sep 25 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Hound of Baskervilles" (BG)
  • Sep 30 "Jack the Ripper" murders 2 more women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes, in Whitechapel, London
  • Oct 1 National Geographic magazine publishes for the 1st time
  • Oct 3 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • Oct 8 28th British Golf Open: Jack Burns shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 9 Washington Monument opens for public admittance
  • Oct 10 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania

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Oct 17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Oct 19 Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
  • Oct 20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • Oct 23 Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested
  • Oct 29 Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company
  • Oct 30 John J Loud patents ballpoint pen
  • Oct 30 Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month
  • Oct 31 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre
  • Nov 3 Amsterdam: 1st concerto of Concert worker, under Willem Kes
  • Nov 6 Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats President Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes
  • Nov 9 Jack Ripper's 5th and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 261

  • Jan 1 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • Jan 4 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1908, 12)
  • Jan 8 Matt Moore, County Meath Ireland, actor (Coquette, Deluge)
  • Jan 8 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • Jan 8 Matthew Moore, Irish-American actor (d. 1960)
  • Jan 10 Emile van Bosch, Dutch revue/operetta-artist (Fair Folks)
  • Jan 10 Grock, Switzerland, clown
  • Jan 11 Chester Conklin, Oskaloosa IA, actor (Every Day's a Holiday, Greed)
  • Jan 12 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • Jan 15 Joseph Henabery, director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 16 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 20 Lead Belly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Jan 23 Gilbert Ledward, British sculptor
  • Jan 23 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Jan 24 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • Jan 24 Hedwig "Vicki" Baum, Austrian/US author (Men Never Know)
  • Feb 2 Candelario Huizar, composer
  • Feb 2 Frank Lloyd, Scotland, actor/director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist)
  • Feb 2 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • Feb 3 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliography/founder (Boekengids)
  • Feb 4 Paul Althaus, German theologist (The Christian Truth)
  • Feb 6 Ljudmil Stojanow, Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera)
  • Feb 8 Edith Evans, actress (Tom Jones, David Copperfield), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Feb 8 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/music critic
  • Feb 10 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, born in Alexandria (d. 1970)
  • Feb 13 Georgios Papandreou, Greek prefect of Lesbos/minister/premier
  • Feb 13 Heintje Davids, [Hendrika], Dutch revue star
  • Feb 17 Henrietta P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Bouwmeester Award)
  • Feb 17 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
  • Feb 17 Ronald Aburthnott Knox, English priest/writer (Viaduct Murder)
  • Feb 19 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • Feb 20 Georges Bernanos, France, novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • Feb 20 Marie Rambert, English ballet producer/director/teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Feb 21 Florence Bates, TX, actress (Moon & Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio)
  • Feb 21 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • Feb 21 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • Feb 22 Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)
  • Feb 25 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59)
  • Feb 27 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio), born in Perleberg Germany (d. 1976)
  • Feb 27 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (d. 1974)
  • Feb 27 Earl Caddock, American professional wrestler (d. 1950)
  • Mar 1 Ewart Astill, English cricketer (d. 1948)
  • Mar 4 Knute Rockne, Norwegian/US football player/coach (Notre Dame)
  • Mar 4 Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress (d. 1942
  • Mar 4 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • Mar 5 Friedrich Schnack, German journalist/writer (Rosewood)
  • Mar 7 Alidius WLT van Starkenborch Stachouwer, gov of Neth Indies (1936-45)
  • Mar 8 Stuart Chase, NH, writer/economist (Tragedy of Waste)
  • Mar 10 Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Acad Award-Going My Way), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 10 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, born in Siverić (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Hall Johnson, composer
  • Mar 14 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 17 Frank Buck, actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs)
  • Mar 17 Paul Ramadier, French politician (d. 1961)
  • Mar 18 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
  • Mar 19 Josef Albers, German/US graphic artist/painter/writer (Bauhaus)
  • Mar 19 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • Mar 20 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, born in Gut Blumbergshof, Latvia (d. 1974)
  • Mar 24 Jameson Thomas, actor (Farmer's Wife), born in London, England
  • Mar 24 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
  • Mar 26 Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
  • Mar 29 Adrianus M de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak)
  • Mar 29 James E Casey, founder (United Parcel Service)
  • Mar 30 Anna Q Nilsson, Sweden, actress (Shenandoah, Uncle Tom's Cabin)
  • Apr 3 Neville Cardus, cricketer (doyen of cricket writers)
  • Apr 4 Tris Speaker, baseball great, hit more doubles than Pete Rose
  • Apr 4 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (d. 1975)
  • Apr 6 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Svarta Ballader)
  • Apr 8 Dennis Chavez, American politician (d. 1964)
  • Apr 9 Florence Smith Price, US composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932)
  • Apr 9 Sol Hurok, theatrical impresario
  • Apr 11 Donald Calthrop, actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), born in London, England
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet musician (d. 1964)
  • Apr 15 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 15 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (d. 1904)
  • Apr 18 Arnold Henry Moore Lunn, skier
  • Apr 18 Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • Apr 19 William L Axt, composer
  • Apr 23 Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and diplomat (d. 1967)
  • Apr 26 Aleksandr Mikhailov, USSR, astronomer
  • Apr 26 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright (d. 1981)
  • Apr 27 Florence La Badie, Canadian actress (d. 1917)
  • Apr 28 Henry DG Crerar, Canadian general (WW I/Italy/Netherland)
  • Apr 30 John Crowe Ransom, US poet/critic (God Without Thunder)
  • May 3 Beulah Bondi, American actress (d. 1981)
  • May 6 Emmanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73)
  • May 9 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director (d. 1964)
  • May 10 Max[imilian Raoul Walter] Steiner, composer (Gone With Wind), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • May 11 P A J Losecaat Vermeer, leader of Dutch High Council
  • May 11 Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
  • May 14 Miles Mander, Wolverhampton England, actor (Tower of London)
  • May 15 Jean Wahl, French philosopher
  • May 17 A P "Tich" Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England)
  • May 17 Selmer Jackson, Iowa, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp)
  • May 21 May Aufderheide, composer
  • May 23 Adrian Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Raged & Tired)
  • May 23 Zack Wheat, American baseball player (d. 1972)
  • May 25 Miles Malleson, writer/actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock)
  • May 27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Industrialist Henry Ford (24) weds Clara Jane Bryant (22) in Greenfield Township, Michigan

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • Jan 14 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Edward Lear, poet/author, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Asa Gray, US botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • Jan 31 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society (b. 1815)
  • Feb 5 Anton Mauve, Dutch painter/cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, dies at 49
  • Feb 13 Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st Archbishop of Santa Fe (b. 1814)
  • Mar 4 Amos Bronson Alcott, US theory/poet (Table Talk), dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 6 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55

  • Mar 9 William I, German Emperor (b. 1797)
  • Mar 10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 12 Henry Bergh, founder (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman (b. 1801)
  • Mar 24 Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • Mar 26 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • Mar 27 Agnes Windeck, German actress, born in Hamburg (d. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 14 William Fisk Sherwin, composer, dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Matthew Arnold, English poet, dies at 65

Poet/Critic Matthew Arnold
Matthew Arnold
  • Apr 16 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)
  • May 17 Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
  • Jun 3 Cark Reidel, German composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 12 Carel Vosmaer, art historian/poet/editor (Neth Spectator), dies at 62
  • Jun 15 Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (b. 1831)
  • Jun 20 Cesare Dominiceti, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 20 Johannes H Zukertort, German chess player, dies at 45
  • Jun 23 Emil Naumann, composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 4 Theodor Storm, German judge/author (Schimmelreiter), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Rafael Hernando, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 20 Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter, dies
  • Jul 21 Matthias J Scheeben, German theologist (Natur und Gnade), dies at 53
  • Aug 8 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Charles Cros, French mathematician/chemist/poet, dies at 45
  • Aug 9 Isaac Strauss, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 16 John Pemberton, American pharmacist and inventor of Coca-Cola, dies of stomach cancer at 55, poor and addicted to morphine
  • Aug 17 James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies
  • Aug 19 Spencer F Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Simon Vissering, Dutch minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 31 Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols
  • Sep 9 John van Swieten, Dutch governor of West-Sumatra, dies at 71
  • Sep 11 Domingo F Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74), dies at 77
  • Sep 30 Catherine Eddowes, English, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Stride, Long Liz, English, murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Oct 8 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, dies
  • Oct 16 John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • Oct 19 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary/founder (Flemish Wind), dies at 38
  • Nov 1 Nikolai Przhevalsky, Russian explorer (b. 1838)
  • Dec 2 Franz Xaver Witt, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 2 Mehmed N Kemal Bey, Turkish writer/journalist (Vatan), dies at 47
  • Dec 3 Carl Zeiss, German lens maker (b. 1816)
  • Dec 10 Mariano Obiols, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 31 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi (b. 1808)