On This Day

Historical Events in January 1887

  • Jan 4 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco to San Francisco)
  • Jan 5 1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University

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Jan 6 `Abd-allah II of Harar opens the Battle of Chelenqo with an attack on the camp of the Shewan army of Negus Menelik II

Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II
Emperor of Ethiopia
Menelik II
  • Jan 16 Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner "Parallel" explodes
  • Jan 20 US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • Jan 21 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
  • Jan 21 Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city
  • Jan 26 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
  • Jan 28 England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • Jan 28 In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

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Jan 28 Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel