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Notable Historical Events - 1886

1886Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war

1886Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna

1886American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president

1886Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)

1886John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

1886Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City

1886 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena California) 
Jan 15
Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue 
Jan 18
Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. 
Jan 19
Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota 
Jan 26
Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor 
Jan 27
1st British government of Salisbury resigns 
Jan 29
1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe 
Feb 9
Pres Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence 
Feb 12
2nd British government of Salisbury forms 
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
London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad 
Feb 23
Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred," premieres 
Mar 1
The Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore is founded by Bishop William Oldham. 
Mar 6
1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA 
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, Mass 
Mar 26
1st cremation in England 
Mar 29
Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise for Coca-Coke 
Apr 6
City of Vancouver BC incorporated 
Apr 6
Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga 
Apr 8
William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons. 
Apr 8
First Home Rule Bill for Ireland presented by Gladstone, the Liberal Prime Minister of Britain, to the House of Commons 
Apr 25
Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna 
Apr 29
1st public Dutch electricity opens 
May 1
US general strike for 8-hour working day begins 
May 3
M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC 
May 4
Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen 
May 5
The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fire upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven. 
May 8
Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine) 
May 14
12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50 
May 19
Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres 
May 21
14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45 
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 2
Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom) 
Jun 3
24 Christians burn to death in Namgongo, Uganda 
Jun 5
20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41 
Jun 8
First Home Rule Bill for Ireland defeated by 343 votes to 313 in the British House of Common 
Jun 13
Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, BC 
Jun 13
King Ludwig II of Bavaria found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich at 11:30 PM at 40. Builder of palace of Neuschwanstein and patron of Wagner 
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 Pt Moody, BC 
Jul 6
Horlick's of Wisconsin offers 1st malted milk to public 
Jul 10
George Goldie gets charter for Royal Niger Company 
Jul 10
Eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys famous pink & white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces (North Island, New Zealand) 
Jul 17
10th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-0 5-7 6-3 6-4) 
Jul 23
Steve Brodie supposedly survives plunge from Brooklyn Bridge 
Jul 24
China takes British protectorate of Burma 
Jul 28
British Salisbury government forms 
Aug 1
Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand 
Aug 4
Colombia adopts constitution 
Aug 12
W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval 
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
Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game 
Aug 18
Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles 
Aug 25
1st international polo meet (US vs England) 
Aug 31
1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die 
Aug 31
Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized 
Sep 1
Netherland's New Code of Criminal law enforced 
Sep 4
Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war 
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 11
Mayflower (US) beats Galatea (England) in 7th America's Cup 
Sep 14
George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon 
Sep 25
Comedy opera "Dorothy" 1st produced in London 
Oct 1
US mint at Carson City, Nevada, closes 
Oct 6
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Resident Patient" (BG) 
Oct 7
Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba 
Oct 8
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Noble Bachelor" (BG) 
Oct 10
1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY 
Oct 12
Hurricane & sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas 
Oct 12
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of 2nd Stain" (BG) 
Oct 23
St Louis Browns win World Championship by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10 
Oct 26
Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in Russia 
Oct 27
Musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" performed in Russia 
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 3
Friars of Tilburg arrives on Curacao 
Nov 4
Edward MacDowell's "Ophelia" premieres 
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. 
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) 
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