Historical Events in 1886

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

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Jan 26 Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor

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

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Feb 9 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 12 2nd British government of Salisbury forms

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Feb 13 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 23 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
  • Feb 23 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
  • Feb 23 Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred" premieres
  • Mar 1 The Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore is founded by Bishop William Oldham.
  • Mar 6 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA
  • Mar 6 1st US nurses' magazine, The Nightingale, 1st appears, NYC
  • Mar 17 Carrollton Massacre (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed
  • Mar 20 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation, Mass
  • Mar 26 1st cremation in England
  • Mar 26 48th Grand National: Tommy Skelton aboard Old Joe wins
  • Apr 6 City of Vancouver BC incorporated
  • Apr 6 Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga

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Apr 8 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 8 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 25 Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna

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

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Aug 13 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 15 Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game
  • Aug 18 Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles
  • Aug 25 1st international polo meet (US vs England)
  • Aug 28 6th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman (4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Aug 31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
  • Aug 31 Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized
  • Sep 1 Netherland's New Code of Criminal Law enforced

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

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader

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Sep 6 Queen Victoria establishes Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

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

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Dec 8 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 16 Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
  • Dec 22 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)