Historical Events in 1882

  • Jan 2 Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust

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Jan 13 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • Jan 15 1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH)
  • Jan 17 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office
  • Jan 25 Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms
  • Jan 26 France government of Gambetta falls
  • Feb 3 Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
  • Feb 6 The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 7 Last bare knuckle champion John L Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Miss
  • Feb 10 Rimski-Korsakov's opera "Snyegurochka" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Feb 12 Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 15 SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand for Britain with the first cargo of frozen meat.
  • Feb 17 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Feb 21 NYC's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
  • Feb 22 With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize
  • Feb 22 The Serbian kingdom is refounded.
  • Feb 28 1st US college cooperative store opens, at Harvard U

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Mar 2 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor.

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Mar 3 NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings
  • Mar 4 Britain's first electric trams run in East London.
  • Mar 6 Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
  • Mar 11 Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton NJ
  • Mar 16 US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross
  • Mar 18 Morgan Earp is assassinated by outlaws while playing billiards in Tombstone
  • Mar 19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Mar 22 Edmunds Act adopted by the US to suppress polygamy, 1300 men later imprisoned under the act

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Mar 24 German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis ( Mycobacterium tuberculosis)

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Robert Koch
  • Mar 24 44th Grand National: Lord Manners aboard Seaman wins
  • Mar 25 1st demonstration of pancake making (Dept store in NYC)
  • Mar 29 Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men
  • Apr 3 Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks

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Apr 3 American outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford at home in St Joseph

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • Apr 10 Captain William Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco & Hawaii)
  • Apr 13 Anti-Semitic League forms in Prussia
  • Apr 29 The "Elektromote" - forerunner of the trolleybus - is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.
  • May 6 Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration
  • May 6 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria
  • May 6 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • May 8 David Belasco's "La Belle Russe" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • May 13 Toba indians killed 20 members of French expedition
  • May 15 May Laws-Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania
  • May 16 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • May 20 Germany/Austria-Hungary/France sign Triple Alliance
  • May 20 Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago
  • May 20 St Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
  • May 23 6" of snow falls in eastern Iowa
  • May 27 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5
  • Jun 2 Pierre de Brazza festival welcomed in Paris
  • Jun 5 Storm & floods hits Bombay; about 100,000 die
  • Jun 6 Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay, India) drowns 100,000
  • Jun 6 Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC
  • Jun 6 The Shewan forces of Menelik defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and heir victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.
  • Jun 8 16th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Forester wins in 2:43
  • Jun 10 Anti-colonization mass society of Alexandria Egypt kills 50 Europeans
  • Jun 16 17" hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa
  • Jun 17 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
  • Jun 24 NL expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty
  • Jul 4 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in San Francisco
  • Jul 6 14 Russian Jews from Bilu arrive in Jaffa, Palestine
  • Jul 11 British fleet bombs Alexandria
  • Jul 12 1st ocean pier in US completed, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 13 200 die as train derails near Tcherny, Russia
  • Jul 17 6th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats E Renshaw (6-1 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-2)
  • Jul 18 Louisville Tony Mullane is 1st to pitch righty then lefty
  • Jul 28 Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" premieres in Beirut
  • Aug 3 Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration
  • Aug 5 Martial law is imposed in Japan.
  • Aug 5 Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • Aug 7 Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die
  • Aug 8 Snow falls on Lake Michigan
  • Aug 14 Queen Victoria recieves Zulu chief Cetewayo
  • Aug 16 British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria

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Aug 20 Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow

  • Aug 29 Australia beat England by 7 runs - "Death of English cricket"

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Aug 29 Fred Spofforth completes 14-90 for match v England (7-46 & 7-44)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth
  • Sep 2 2nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Clarence M. Clark (6-1, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Sep 3 French/Vietnamese/Chinese battle at Hanoi, 100s die

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Sep 4 1st large-scale test of Thomas Edison's light bulb - lighting of NY's Pearl Street Station

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Sep 5 10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC
  • Sep 10 1st international conference to promote anti-semitism meets Dresden Germany (Congress for Safeguarding of Non-Jewish Interests)
  • Sep 12 Belgian King Leopold II receives Pierre de Brazza
  • Sep 13 Battle at Count el-Kebir: British troops invade Egypt
  • Sep 14 British General Wolseley reaches Cairo
  • Sep 15 British General Wolseley occupies Cairo
  • Sep 18 Pacific Stock Exchange opens (as Local Security Board)
  • Sep 25 1st baseball doubleheader (Providence & Worcester)
  • Sep 30 22nd British Golf Open: Bob Ferguson shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 6 1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0
  • Oct 7 1st World Series (game 2), Chicago (NL) beats Cincinnati (AA) 2-0
  • Oct 14 University of the Punjab is founded in present day Pakistan.
  • Oct 16 The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.

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Oct 19 Pierre de Brazza meets Henry Morton Stanley

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Oct 28 Athletics reveal $22,000 profit in their 1st season in the American Association
  • Nov 5 Bedrich Smetana's "Ma Vlast" premieres
  • Nov 15 British HMS Flirt destroys village of Asaba, Niger
  • Nov 16 British gunboat HMS Flirt fires at & destroys Abari village in Niger
  • Dec 2 Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
  • Dec 6 Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit
  • Dec 10 John Brahms' "Gesang der Parzen" (Song of the Fates) premieres
  • Dec 11 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
  • Dec 11 Victorien Sardous "Fedora" with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris
  • Dec 14 Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo
  • Dec 22 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison