Historical Events for Year 1888
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Jan 3rd - 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC
Jan 5th - Dutch Heidemaatschappij established
Jan 7th - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG)
Jan 13th - National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC)
Jan 27th - National Geographic Society organizes (Wash DC)
Jan 30th - Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria
Feb 2nd - Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
Feb 22nd - John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
Feb 24th - Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
Feb 28th - Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
Feb 28th - Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres
Mar 2nd - The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
Mar 10th - 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche"
Mar 10th - HW Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
Mar 11th - Great blizzard of '88 strikes northeastern US
Mar 12th - 2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in NE US (400 die)
Mar 13th - Great Blizzard of 1888 rages
Mar 14th - 2nd largest snowfall in NYC history (21")
Mar 20th - Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "A Scandal in Bohemia"
Mar 20th - The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
Mar 21st - Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London
Mar 22nd - English Football League established
Mar 23rd - 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard Playfair wins
Mar 25th - Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber
Apr 1st - Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
Apr 7th - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Yellow Face" (BG)
Apr 11th - The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated.
Apr 16th - Drentse & Friese peat cutters go on strike
Apr 20th - 246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India
Apr 24th - Eastman Kodak forms
Apr 29th - Old Kavallison, Congo: Henry Morton Stanley meets Emin Pasha
Apr 30th - Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi
May 4th - Italy & Spain sign military covenant
May 7th - Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman May 7th - George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
May 11th - 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
May 12th - Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
May 13th - DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
May 13th - Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery
May 14th - 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
May 16th - CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
May 22nd - Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers
Jun 1st - California gets its 1st seismograph
Jun 3rd - "Casey at the Bat" published (SF Examiner)
Jun 5th - US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president
Jun 5th - The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place.
Jun 9th - 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25
US President Grover Cleveland Jun 13th - US Congress creates Department of Labor
Jun 15th - Wilhelm II becomes Emperor of Germany
Jun 15th - 2nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Bertha Townsend beats Ellen Hansell (6-3, 6-5)
Jun 20th - Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Libertas
Jun 23rd - Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President
Jun 25th - Republican Convention in Chicago nominates Benjamin Harrison
Jun 29th - First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.
Jul 4th - 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz
Jul 11th - 118°F (48°C), Bennett, Colorado (state record)
Jul 11th - Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall
Jul 15th - Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years
23rd US President Benjamin Harrison Jul 16th - 5th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Hillyard (6-3 6-3)
Jul 16th - 12th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ernest Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-3 7-5 6-0)
Jul 23rd - John Boyd Dunlop applies to patent pneumatic tire
Jul 27th - Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile
Aug 7th - Theophilus Van Kannel of Phila patents revolving door
Aug 10th - NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win streak record
Aug 11th - California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)
Aug 12th - Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour
Aug 19th - 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 yr old West Indian wins
Aug 20th - 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 21st - William Seward Burroughs patents adding machine
Aug 25th - 8th US Men's Tennis: Henry W Slocum Jr beats Howard A Taylor (64 61 60)
Aug 28th - 8th U.S. National Championship: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor (6-4, 6-1, 6-0)
Aug 30th - Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day
Sep 1st - Dutch Railway Deventer-Almelo opens
Sep 4th - George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"
Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria Sep 6th - Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnons' Imperial British East Africa Company political & commercial rights
Sep 6th - 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 7th - Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York
Sep 8th - In England the first six Football League matches ever are played.
Sep 11th - Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day is chosen.
Sep 12th - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Greek Interpreter" (BG)
Sep 18th - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Sign of Four" (BG)
Sep 19th - World's 1st beauty contest (Spa Belgium)
Sep 25th - Royal Court Theatre, London, opens
Sep 25th - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Hound of Baskervilles" (BG)
Sep 30th - "Jack the Ripper" murders 2 more women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes, in Whitechapel, London
Oct 1st - National Geographic magazine publishes for 1st time
Oct 3rd - 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 8th - 28th British Golf Open: Jack Burns shoots a 171 at St Andrews
Oct 9th - Washington Monument opens for public admittance
Oct 10th - Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 (Mud Run Pa)
Inventor Thomas Edison Oct 17th - Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
Oct 19th - Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
Oct 20th - Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
Oct 23rd - Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested
Oct 29th - Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company
Oct 30th - John J Loud patents ballpoint pen
Oct 30th - Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month
Oct 31st - Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre
Nov 3rd - Amsterdam: 1st concerto of Concert worker, under Willem Kes
Nov 6th - Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats Pres Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes
Nov 9th - Jack Ripper's 5th and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed
Nov 14th - St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
Nov 14th - USC Trojans (then Methodists) play their 1st football game
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Nov 17th - Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
Nov 20th - Willard Bundy patents timecard clock
Dec 11th - French Panama Canal Company fails
Dec 18th - Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado
Dec 19th - Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa
Dec 22nd - Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain
Dec 23rd - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, and sends it to a prostitute for safe keeping
Dec 25th - 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
Dec 30th - Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star