Historical Events in December 1888

  • 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