Historical Events in 1887

  • Jan 4th Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
  • Jan 5th 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
  • Jan 6th `Abd-allah II of Harar opens the Battle of Chelenqo with an attack on the camp of the Shewan army of Negus Menelik II.
  • Jan 16th Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner "Parallel" explodes
  • Jan 20th US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 21st Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
  • Jan 21st Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.
  • Jan 26th Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
  • Jan 28th England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • Jan 28th In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

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Jan 28th Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • Feb 1st Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
  • Feb 2nd In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • Feb 3rd To avoid disputed national elections, the US Congress creates Electoral Count Act
  • Feb 4th Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads

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Feb 5th Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Feb 5th Snow falls on San Francisco
  • Feb 8th Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minn became the 1st US ski club
  • Feb 8th Under the Dawes Act indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship
  • Feb 8th The Dawes Act authorized the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.
  • Feb 14th Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • Feb 16th 1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)
  • Feb 16th Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
  • Feb 20th 1st minor league baseball association organizes (Pittsburgh)
  • Feb 20th Germany, Austria-Hungary & France end Triple Alliance
  • Feb 21st 1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)
  • Feb 21st Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday
  • Feb 22nd Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati
  • Feb 23rd Congress grants Seal Rocks to SF
  • Feb 23rd French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
  • Feb 26th George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in Test Crickets, 8-35 at SCG
  • Mar 2nd American Trotting Association organized in Detroit
  • Mar 3rd American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa

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Mar 3rd Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

Author Helen Keller
Helen Keller
  • Mar 7th North Carolina State University is founded by the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • Mar 8th Everett Horton, CT, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes
  • Mar 13th Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
  • Mar 15th 1st salaried fish & game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
  • Mar 24th Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey)
  • Mar 25th 49th Grand National: Bill Daniels aboard Gamecock wins
  • Apr 4th Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia, KS)
  • Apr 5th Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller

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Apr 10th President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Ilinois

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Apr 10th Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
  • Apr 12th Henrik Ibsen's "Rosmersholm" premieres in Oslo
  • Apr 14th Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Reigate Squires" (BG)
  • Apr 26th Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
  • Apr 30th 1st game played at Broad & Huntingdon St Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10
  • May 2nd Gioacchino Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence
  • May 2nd Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
  • May 9th Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
  • May 11th 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
  • May 13th 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25
  • May 18th Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris
  • May 23rd 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC
  • May 24th Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors
  • May 25th Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
  • May 26th Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state
  • Jun 7th Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston, Wash DC
  • Jun 8th Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator.
  • Jun 9th 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43.5
  • Jun 15th Carlisle D Graham survives 2nd ride in Niagara waterfall in barrel
  • Jun 15th NY Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1
  • Jun 15th Stanley's expedition reaches Yambuya waterfalls Congo
  • Jun 18th The Reinsurance Treaty between Germany and Russia is signed.

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Jun 21st Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Jun 28th Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0
  • Jul 4th The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi.
  • Jul 6th 4th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley (6-2 6-0)
  • Jul 7th 11th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Herbert Lawford beats E Renshaw (1-6 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-4)
  • Jul 26th 1st Esperanto book published
  • Aug 2nd Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
  • Aug 10th Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)
  • Aug 19th Dmitri Mendeleev makes a solo ascent by balloon to an altitude of 11,500 feet (3.5 km) above Klin, Russia to observe an eclipse
  • Aug 21st Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants
  • Aug 30th 7th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Henry Slocum (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)
  • Aug 31st Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures)
  • Sep 1st Dutch Amateur Photography Cooperation established
  • Sep 5th Gas lamp at Theatre Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200
  • Sep 15th Phila celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution
  • Sep 16th 27th British Golf Open: Willie Park, Jr. shoots a 161 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Sep 26th Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
  • Sep 28th Yellow River or Huáng Hé floods in China, killing an estimated 1.5 million people
  • Sep 30th Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Five Orange Pips" (BG)
  • Sep 30th Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup
  • Oct 1st Balochistan conquered by the British Empire.
  • Oct 5th 1st U.S. Women's National Championship: Ellen Hansell beats Laura Knight (6-1, 6-0)
  • Oct 8th Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • Oct 11th A Miles patents elevator
  • Oct 18th Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity" (BG)
  • Oct 21st Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
  • Oct 26th Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
  • Oct 31st Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Nov 5th Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • Nov 11th Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed.
  • Nov 11th Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham.
  • Nov 13th Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.
  • Nov 15th British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
  • Nov 19th Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Dying Detective" (BG)
  • Nov 23rd Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
  • Nov 23rd Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)
  • Nov 24th Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 29th US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
  • Nov 30th 1st indoor softball game (Chicago)
  • Dec 1st Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet"
  • Dec 1st Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao
  • Dec 2nd Amsterdam's Oscar Carrés Circus Theater opens
  • Dec 2nd French president Grevy (80) resigns
  • Dec 5th Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
  • Dec 10th Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty
  • Dec 17th Georges Feydeau's "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 19th Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
  • Dec 27th Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (BG)
  • Dec 28th Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted