Historical Events in 1886

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  • 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
Painter
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
Geronimo

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 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" 1st 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)