On This Day

Events in History in 1886

Historic Publication

Jan 5 "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson published by Longmans, Green & Co.

  • Jan 15 Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue
  • Jan 19 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota
  • Jan 27 First British government of Salisbury resigns

Historic Invention

Jan 29 Karl Benz patents the "Benz Patent-Motorwagen" in Karlsruhe, Germany, the world's 1st automobile with a burning motor [1]

Historic Event

Feb 9 US President Grover Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

  • Feb 12 2nd British Conservative government of Marquess of Salisbury forms in alliance with Liberal Unionist Party

Historic Event

Feb 13 Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class

  • Feb 23 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
  • Feb 23 "The Times" of London newspaper publishes world's 1st classified ad
  • Mar 1 The Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore is founded by Bishop William Oldham.
  • Mar 6 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • Mar 6 1st US nurses' magazine, The Nightingale, 1st appears, NYC
  • Mar 17 Carrollton Massacre (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed
  • Mar 20 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation in Massachusetts
  • Apr 6 City of Vancouver BC incorporated
  • Apr 6 Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga

Historic Event

Apr 8 William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.

Historic Event

Apr 25 Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna

  • Apr 29 1st public Dutch electricity service begins
  • May 1 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
  • May 3 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 4 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • May 5 The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fires upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
  • May 8 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)

Historic Event

May 15 British sailor David Beatty is promoted to midshipman

Historic Event

May 29 American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola

  • Jun 1 The railroads of the Southern United States convert 11,000 miles of track from a five foot rail gauge to standard gauge, beginning May 31
  • Jun 3 24 Christians burn to death in Namgongo, Uganda
  • Jun 8 First Home Rule Bill for Ireland defeated by 343 votes to 313 in the British House of Common
  • Jun 10 Eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys famous pink and white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces (North Island, New Zealand)
  • Jun 13 Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 1st NY Tribune printing using 1st commercial linotype machine
  • Jul 3 In Germany, Karl Benz drives 1st automobile
  • Jul 4 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Port Moody, British Columbia
  • Jul 6 Horlick's of Wisconsin offers 1st malted milk to public
  • Jul 10 George Goldie gets charter for Royal Niger Company
  • Jul 23 American civilian Steve Brodie allegedly survives plunge from Brooklyn Bridge (135-feet)
  • Jul 24 China takes British protectorate of Burma

Historic Event

Jul 28 British government led by Lord Salisbury forms

  • Aug 1 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Colombia adopts constitution

Historic Event

Aug 13 John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

  • Aug 15 American MLB pitcher Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game

Historic Event

Aug 20 Second Salon exhibition by Society of Independent Artists held in Paris; includes Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

  • Aug 25 1st international polo meet (US vs England)
  • Aug 31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die
  • Sep 1 The Netherlands New Code of Criminal Law is enforced

Victory in Battle

Sep 4 Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war

Historic Event

Sep 6 Queen Victoria establishes Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

  • Sep 9 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is finalized
  • Sep 14 George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon
  • Oct 1 US mint at Carson City, Nevada, closes
  • Oct 7 Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
  • Oct 10 1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY
  • Oct 12 Hurricane & sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas

Statue of Liberty

Oct 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City

  • Oct 30 Great Britain and Germany agree boundaries in East Africa
  • Nov 1 Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka was established with 37 students.
  • Nov 2 German patent granted to inventor Carl Benz for "vehicle with gas engine operation", the first automobile (No. DE37435C)
  • Nov 3 Friars of Tilburg arrives on Curacao
  • Nov 4 Edward MacDowell's orchestra suite "Ophelia" premieres
  • Nov 20 Sherlock Holmes's first story "A Study in Scarlet" is accepted by publisher Ward and Lock with payment of £25
  • Nov 22 Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia
  • Nov 30 First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY
  • Nov 30 The Folies Bergère stages its first revue

Election of Interest

Dec 8 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

  • Dec 16 Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
  • Dec 22 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)