Historical Events in 1888

  • Jan 3 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Dutch Heidemaatschappij (land reclamation) established
  • Jan 7 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG)
  • Jan 13 National Geographic Society founded (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jan 27 National Geographic Society formed in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 30 Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria
  • Feb 2 Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • Feb 24 Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
  • Feb 28 Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
  • Feb 28 Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres
  • Mar 2 The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
  • Mar 10 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche"
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
  • Mar 11 Great blizzard of '88 strikes northeastern US
  • Mar 12 2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in NE US (400 die)
  • Mar 13 Great Blizzard of 1888 rages
  • Mar 14 2nd largest snowfall in NYC history (21")
  • Mar 20 Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  • Mar 20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • Mar 21 Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London
  • Mar 22 English Football League established
  • Mar 23 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard Playfair wins
  • Mar 25 Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber
  • Apr 1 Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
  • Apr 7 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Yellow Face" (BG)
  • Apr 11 The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated.
  • Apr 16 Drentse & Friese peat cutters go on strike
  • Apr 20 246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India

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Apr 24 Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 29 Old Kavallison, Congo: Henry Morton Stanley meets Emin Pasha

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Apr 30 Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi
  • May 4 Italy & Spain sign military covenant
  • May 7 Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris
  • May 7 George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
  • May 11 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
  • May 12 Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
  • May 13 DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
  • May 13 Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery
  • May 14 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
  • May 16 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • May 22 Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers
  • Jun 1 California gets its 1st seismograph
  • Jun 3 "Casey at the Bat" published (SF Examiner)

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Jun 5 US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Jun 5 The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place.
  • Jun 9 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25
  • Jun 13 US Congress creates Department of Labor

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Jun 15 Wilhelm II becomes Emperor of Germany

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Jun 15 2nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Bertha Townsend beats Ellen Hansell (6-3, 6-5)
  • Jun 20 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Libertas

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 23 Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 25 Republican Convention in Chicago nominates Benjamin Harrison

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • Jun 29 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder
  • Jul 4 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz
  • Jul 11 118°F (48°C), Bennett, Colorado (state record)
  • Jul 11 Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall
  • Jul 15 Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years
  • Jul 16 5th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley (6-3 6-3)
  • Jul 16 12th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ernest Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-3 7-5 6-0)
  • Jul 23 John Boyd Dunlop applies to patent pneumatic tire
  • Jul 27 Philip Pratt unveils 1st American electric tricycle
  • Aug 7 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door

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Aug 10 NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win streak record

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • Aug 11 California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)

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Aug 12 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • Aug 20 Longest US men's single tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80-game 1st-round contest
  • Aug 21 American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine
  • Aug 28 8th U.S. Men's National Championship: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor (6-4, 6-1, 6-0)
  • Aug 30 Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day
  • Aug 31 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols, is found in Whitechapel , in London's East End.
  • Sep 1 Dutch Railway Deventer-Almelo opens
  • Sep 4 George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

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Sep 6 Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnon's Imperial British East Africa Company political & commercial rights

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Sep 6 Charles Turner becomes the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season - a feat since accomplished only by Tom Richardson (twice), J.T. Hearne, Wilfred Rhodes (twice) and Tich Freeman (six times).
  • Sep 7 Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York
  • Sep 8 In England the first six Football League matches ever are played.
  • Sep 11 Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day is chosen.
  • Sep 12 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Greek Interpreter" (BG)
  • Sep 18 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Sign of Four" (BG)
  • Sep 19 World's 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium)
  • Sep 25 Royal Court Theatre, London, opens
  • Sep 25 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Hound of Baskervilles" (BG)
  • Sep 30 "Jack the Ripper" murders 2 more women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes, in Whitechapel, London
  • Oct 1 National Geographic magazine publishes for the 1st time
  • Oct 3 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • Oct 8 28th British Golf Open: Jack Burns shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 9 Washington Monument opens for public admittance
  • Oct 10 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania

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Oct 17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Oct 19 Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
  • Oct 20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • Oct 23 Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested

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Oct 29 Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Oct 30 John J Loud patents ballpoint pen
  • Oct 30 Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month
  • Oct 31 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre
  • Nov 3 Amsterdam: 1st concerto of Concert worker, under Willem Kes
  • Nov 6 Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats President Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes
  • Nov 9 Jack Ripper's 5th and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed
  • Nov 14 St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
  • Nov 14 USC Trojans (then Methodists) play their 1st football game

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 17 Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg

  • Nov 20 Willard Bundy patents timecard clock
  • Dec 11 French Panama Canal Company fails
  • Dec 18 Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado
  • Dec 19 Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa
  • Dec 22 Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain

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Dec 23 Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, and sends it to a prostitute for safe keeping

  • Dec 25 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
  • Dec 30 Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star