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Notable Historical Events - 1888

1888George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

1888Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg

1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

1888Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats Pres Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes

1888Republican Convention in Chicago nominates Benjamin Harrison

1888George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"

1888US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president

1888Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President

1888 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 3
1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC 
Jan 5
Dutch Heidemaatschappij established 
Jan 7
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG) 
Jan 13
National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC) 
Jan 27
National Geographic Society organizes (Wash DC) 
Jan 30
Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria 
Feb 2
Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia 
Feb 22
John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY) 
Feb 24
Louisville, Ky becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot 
Feb 28
Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes 
Feb 28
Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres 
Mar 2
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace. 
Mar 10
1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche" 
Mar 10
HW Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds 
Mar 11
Great blizzard of '88 strikes northeastern US 
Mar 12
2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in NE US (400 die) 
Mar 13
Great Blizzard of 1888 rages 
Mar 14
2nd largest snowfall in NYC history (21") 
Mar 20
Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "A Scandal in Bohemia" 
Mar 20
The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia. 
Mar 21
Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London 
Mar 22
English Football League established 
Mar 25
Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber 
Apr 1
Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam 
Apr 7
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Yellow Face" (BG) 
Apr 11
The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated. 
Apr 16
Drentse & Friese peat cutters go on strike 
Apr 20
246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India 
Apr 24
Eastman Kodak forms 
Apr 29
Old Kavallison, Congo: Henry Morton Stanley meets Emin Pasha 
Apr 30
Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi 
May 4
Italy & Spain sign military covenant 
May 7
Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris 
May 7
George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera" 
May 11
16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49 
May 12
Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale 
May 13
DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat" 
May 13
Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Auréa" abolishing slavery 
May 14
14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00 
May 16
CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC 
May 22
Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers 
Jun 1
California gets its 1st seismograph 
Jun 3
"Casey at the Bat" published (SF Examiner) 
Jun 5
US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president 
Jun 5
The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place. 
Jun 9
22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25 
Jun 13
US Congress creates Department of Labor 
Jun 15
Wilhelm II becomes emperor of Germany 
Jun 20
Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Libertas 
Jun 23
Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President 
Jun 25
Republican Convention in Chicago nominates Benjamin Harrison 
Jun 29
First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder. 
Jul 4
1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz 
Jul 11
118°F (48°C), Bennett, Colorado (state record) 
Jul 11
Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall 
Jul 15
Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years 
Jul 16
5th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Hillyard (6-3 6-3) 
Jul 16
12th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Ernest Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-3 7-5 6-0) 
Jul 23
John Boyd Dunlop applies to patent pneumatic tire 
Jul 27
Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile 
Aug 7
Theophilus Van Kannel of Phila patents revolving door 
Aug 10
NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win streak record 
Aug 11
California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store) 
Aug 12
Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour 
Aug 19
1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 yr old West Indian wins 
Aug 20
Longest US men's single tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80-game 1st-round contest 
Aug 21
William Seward Burroughs patents adding machine 
Aug 25
8th US Men's Tennis: Henry W Slocum Jr beats Howard A Taylor (64 61 60) 
Aug 30
Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day 
Sep 1
Dutch Railway Deventer-Almelo opens 
Sep 4
George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak" 
Sep 6
Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnons' Imperial British East Africa Company political & commercial rights 
Sep 6
Charles Turner becomes the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season - a feat since accomplished only by Tom Richardson (twice), J.T. Hearne, Wilfred Rhodes (twice) and Tich Freeman (six times). 
Sep 7
Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward's Island, New York 
Sep 8
In England the first six Football League matches ever are played. 
Sep 11
Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day is chosen. 
Sep 12
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Greek Interpreter" (BG) 
Sep 18
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Sign of Four" (BG) 
Sep 19
World's 1st beauty contest (Spa Belgium) 
Sep 25
Royal Court Theatre, London, opens 
Sep 25
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Hound of Baskervilles" (BG) 
Sep 30
"Jack the Ripper" murders 2 more women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes, in Whitechapel, London 
Oct 1
National Geographic magazine publishes for 1st time 
Oct 3
New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern 
Oct 9
Washington Monument opens for public admittance 
Oct 10
Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 (Mud Run Pa) 
Oct 17
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie). 
Oct 19
Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs 
Oct 20
Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ 
Oct 23
Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested 
Oct 29
Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company 
Oct 30
John J Loud patents ballpoint pen 
Oct 30
Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month 
Oct 31
Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre 
Nov 3
Amsterdam: 1st concerto of Concert worker, under Willem Kes 
Nov 6
Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats Pres Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes 
Nov 9
Jack Ripper's 5th and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed 
Nov 14
St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes 
Nov 14
USC Trojans (then Methodists) play their 1st football game 
Nov 17
Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg 
Nov 20
Willard Bundy patents timecard clock 
Dec 11
French Panama Canal Company fails 
Dec 18
Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Mesa Verde. 
Dec 19
Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa 
Dec 22
Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain 
Dec 23
Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear 
Dec 25
1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia 
Dec 30
Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star 
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