What Happened in 1883

Significant Events

  • 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
More Historical Events

1883 in Music

  • Oct 22 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of the opera "Faust"
  • Dec 2 Johannes Brahms' "3rd Symphony in F" premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

1883 in Sport

  • May 1 Bob Rogers is acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club

Did You Know?

The last quagga (zebra subspecies) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.

On August 12, 1883


World Leaders in 1883

Famous People in 1883

Would You Believe?

Hugh Daily, a one-armed pitcher for Cleveland (Forest City), tosses 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia

On September 13, 1883

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