Events in History in 1882

  • Jan 2 Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust
  • Jan 15 1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH)
  • Jan 15 French explorer Jules Nicholas Crevaux is the first European to discover an Inca City near Sarta, north-west Argentina
  • Jan 17 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens her office
  • Jan 25 Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms
  • Jan 26 France government of Gambetta falls

Historic Event

Feb 3 Circus owner P. T. Barnum buys his world-famous elephant Jumbo

  • Feb 6 The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 12 Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 15 SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand for Britain with the first cargo of frozen meat.
  • Feb 21 NYC's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
  • Feb 22 The Serbian kingdom is refounded.
  • Feb 22 With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize
  • Feb 28 1st US college cooperative store opens, at Harvard University

Assassination Attempt

Mar 2 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor

  • Mar 3 NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings
  • Mar 4 Britain's first electric trams run in East London
  • Mar 6 Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king

Voyage of Discovery

Mar 11 Fridtjof Nansen sets out on a sea voyage to study Arctic zoology

  • Mar 11 Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton, New Jersey

First Geneva Convention

Mar 16 U.S. Senate ratifies the Geneva Convention of 1864, legitimatizing the International Red Cross and the American Red Cross

  • Mar 18 Morgan Earp is assassinated by outlaws while playing billiards in Tombstone

Historic Event

Mar 19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí

  • Mar 23 The Edmunds Act (Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act) is adopted by the US to suppress polygamy. 1300 men are later imprisoned under the act

Scientific Discovery

Mar 24 German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and establishes germ theory

  • Mar 25 1st demonstration of pancake making, held at a department store in NYC
  • Mar 29 Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men

Historic Event

Apr 3 American outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back of the head and killed by fellow gang member Robert Ford at home in St. Joseph, Missouri

  • Apr 3 Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks
  • Apr 10 Captain William Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco & Hawaii)
  • Apr 13 Anti-Semitic League forms in Prussia

Historic Event

Apr 29 The "Elektromote" - forerunner of the trolleybus - is tested by Werner von Siemens in Berlin

  • May 6 Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration
  • May 6 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria
  • May 6 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin
  • May 8 David Belasco's "La Belle Russe" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • May 13 Toba indians kill 20 members of French expedition in Argentina, including explorer Jules Nicolas Crevaux

Historic Event

May 15 May Laws-Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural Romania

  • May 20 Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy sign the Triple Alliance
  • May 20 Gotthard rail tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens

Theater Premiere

May 20 Henrik Ibsen's play "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago

  • May 23 6" of snow falls in eastern Iowa
  • Jun 2 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza festival welcomed in Paris
  • Jun 5 Storm & floods hits Bombay; about 100,000 die
  • Jun 6 Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay, India) drowns 100,000 (disputed event)
  • Jun 6 Electric iron patented by New York inventor Henry W. Seely. It weighed almost 15 pounds and was very slow to heat up.
  • Jun 6 Ethiopia: Shewan forces of Menelik defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, their victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.
  • Jun 10 Anti-colonization mass society of Alexandria Egypt kills 50 Europeans
  • Jun 16 17" hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa
  • Jun 17 Tornado kills 130 in Iowa
  • Jul 4 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in San Francisco
  • Jul 6 14 Russian Jews from Bilu arrive in Jaffa, Palestine
  • Jul 11 British fleet bombards Alexandria
  • Jul 12 1st ocean pier in US completed, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 13 200 die as train derails near Tcherny, Russia
  • Jul 18 Louisville Tony Mullane is 1st to pitch righty then lefty
  • Aug 3 US Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration
  • Aug 5 Martial law is imposed in Japan
  • Aug 5 Standard Oil of New Jersey is established
  • Aug 7 Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die
  • Aug 8 Snow falls on Lake Michigan
  • Aug 14 Queen Victoria receives Zulu chief Cetewayo
  • Aug 16 British under General Wolseley land in Alexandria
  • Sep 3 French/Vietnamese/Chinese battle at Hanoi, 100s die

Historic Event

Sep 4 In its 1st large-scale test, Thomas Edison's light bulb is used to light NY's Pearl Street Station

  • Sep 5 10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC
  • Sep 10 1st international conference to promote anti-semitism meets Dresden Germany (Congress for Safeguarding of Non-Jewish Interests)
  • Sep 12 Belgian King Leopold II receives Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza
  • Sep 13 Battle at Count el-Kebir: British troops defeat Egyptian force in the decisive battle of the Anglo-Egytian War
  • Sep 14 British General Wolseley reaches Cairo
  • Sep 15 British General Wolseley occupies Cairo
  • Sep 18 Pacific Stock Exchange opens (as Local Security Board)
  • Oct 14 University of the Punjab is founded in present day Pakistan.
  • Oct 16 The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.

Meeting of Interest

Oct 19 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza meets Henry Morton Stanley

  • Oct 28 Athletics reveal $22,000 profit in their 1st season in the American Association
  • Nov 15 British HMS Flirt destroys village of Asaba, Niger
  • Nov 16 British gunboat HMS Flirt fires at & destroys Abari village in Niger
  • Dec 2 Amsterdam Artis Zoo opens aquarium
  • Dec 6 Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit
  • Dec 14 Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo
  • Dec 22 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison