On This Day

Historical Events in December 1888

  • Dec 11 French Panama Canal Company fails
  • Dec 18 Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado

Historic Expedition

Dec 19 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 22 Heavyweight boxing champ John L. Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain

Historic Event

Dec 23 Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor, after argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, and sends to a prostitute for safe keeping

  • Dec 25 First indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia; 2,000 watch the Uptowners beat the Downtowners, 6-1
  • Dec 30 Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star