Historical Events in 1887

  • Jan 4 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
  • Jan 5 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
  • Jan 6 `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 16 Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner "Parallel" explodes
  • Jan 20 US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 21 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
  • Jan 21 Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.
  • Jan 26 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
  • Jan 28 England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • Jan 28 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 28 Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 21 Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • Jun 28 Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0
  • Jul 4 The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi.
  • Jul 6 4th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley (6-2 6-0)
  • Jul 7 11th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Herbert Lawford beats E Renshaw (1-6 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-4)
  • Jul 26 1st Esperanto book published
  • Aug 2 Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
  • Aug 10 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)
  • Aug 19 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 21 Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants
  • Aug 30 7th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Henry Slocum (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)

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Aug 31 Thomas Edison patents Kinetoscope, a device which produces moving pictures

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Sep 1 Dutch Amateur Photography Cooperation established
  • Sep 5 Gas lamp at Theatre Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200
  • Sep 15 Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution
  • Sep 16 27th British Golf Open: Willie Park, Jr. shoots a 161 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Sep 26 Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
  • Sep 28 Yellow River or Huáng Hé floods in China, killing an estimated 1.5 million people
  • Sep 30 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Five Orange Pips" (BG)
  • Sep 30 Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup
  • Oct 1 Balochistan conquered by the British Empire.
  • Oct 5 1st U.S. Women's National Championship: Ellen Hansell beats Laura Knight (6-1, 6-0)
  • Oct 8 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • Oct 11 A Miles patents elevator
  • Oct 18 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity" (BG)
  • Oct 21 Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
  • Oct 26 Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
  • Oct 31 Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Nov 5 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • Nov 11 Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed.
  • Nov 11 Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham.
  • Nov 13 Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.
  • Nov 15 British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
  • Nov 19 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Dying Detective" (BG)
  • Nov 23 Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
  • Nov 23 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)
  • Nov 24 Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 29 US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
  • Nov 30 1st indoor softball game (Chicago)
  • Dec 1 Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet"
  • Dec 1 Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao
  • Dec 2 Amsterdam's Oscar Carrés Circus Theater opens
  • Dec 2 French president Grevy (80) resigns
  • Dec 5 Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
  • Dec 10 Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty
  • Dec 17 Georges Feydeau's "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 19 Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
  • Dec 27 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (BG)
  • Dec 28 Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted