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What Happened in 1885

Historical Events

  • Feb 5 News of the fall of Khartoum reaches London
  • Feb 5 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession

1885 in Music

  • Mar 14 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre

Did You Know?

Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore

On August 10, 1885

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