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What Happened in 1881

Historical Events in 1881

  • Jan 2 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres
  • Jan 4 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau
  • Jan 25 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.
  • Jan 26 Union of Baptists Communities forms in Foxholl
  • Jan 28 Battle at Laing's Neck Natal: Boers beat superior powered British
  • Feb 1 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized
  • Feb 5 Phoenix, Arizona incorporates
  • Feb 7 Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: Boers beat superior British forces

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Did You Know?

Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed

On October 26, 1881


Famous People in 1881

World Leaders in 1881

Would You Believe?

Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain

On March 12, 1881

Famous Weddings in 1881