- Jan 19 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey
- Aug 27 Krakatoa volcano, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people
- Oct 4 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul
The last quagga (zebra subspecies) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
On August 12, 1883
Hugh Daily, a one-armed pitcher for Cleveland (Forest City), tosses 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia
On September 13, 1883