What Happened in 1888

Significant Events

  • Jan 13 National Geographic Society founded in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 2 The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
  • Jun 29 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder
  • Aug 21 American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine
  • Sep 7 Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York
  • Oct 17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)
  • Dec 23 Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and sends to a prostitute for safe keeping
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Did You Know?

National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.

On January 27, 1888


World Leaders in 1888

Famous People in 1888

Would You Believe?

Longest US men's single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80 game 1st-round contest

On August 20, 1888

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