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Notable Historical Events - 1887

1887Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy

1887Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

1887President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Ilinois

1887Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller

1887 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 4
Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF) 
Jan 5
1st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University 
Jan 6
`Abd-allah II of Harar opens the Battle of Chelenqo with an attack on the camp of the Shewan army of Negus Menelik II. 
Jan 16
Cliff House damaged when schooner "Parallel"'s powder cargo explodes 
Jan 20
US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor 
Jan 21
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms 
Jan 21
Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city. 
Jan 26
Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians 
Jan 28
England all out for 45 v Aust SCG, their lowest total ever 
Jan 28
In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick. 
Feb 1
Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood) 
Feb 2
In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed. 
Feb 3
To avoid disputed natl elections, Congress creates Electoral Count Act 
Feb 4
Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads 
Feb 5
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy 
Feb 5
Snow falls on San Francisco 
Feb 8
Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minn became the 1st US ski club 
Feb 8
Under the Dawes Act indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship 
Feb 8
The Dawes Act authorized the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments. 
Feb 14
Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000 
Feb 16
1st newspaper convention (Rochester NY) 
Feb 16
Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5) 
Feb 20
1st minor league baseball association organizes (Pittsburgh) 
Feb 20
Germany, Austria-Hungary & France end Triple Alliance 
Feb 21
1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn) 
Feb 21
Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday 
Feb 22
Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati 
Feb 23
Congress grants Seal Rocks to SF 
Feb 23
French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die 
Feb 26
George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in Test Crickets, 8-35 at SCG 
Mar 2
American Trotting Association organized in Detroit 
Mar 3
American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa 
Mar 3
Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller 
Mar 7
North Carolina State University is founded by the North Carolina General Assembly. 
Mar 8
Everett Horton, CT, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes 
Mar 13
Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs 
Mar 15
1st salaried fish & game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan) 
Mar 24
Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey) 
Apr 4
Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia, KS) 
Apr 5
Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller 
Apr 10
President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Ilinois 
Apr 10
Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen 
Apr 12
Henrik Ibsen's "Rosmersholm" premieres in Oslo 
Apr 14
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Reigate Squires" (BG) 
Apr 26
Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity 
Apr 30
1st game played at Broad & Huntingdon St Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10 
May 2
Gioacchino Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence 
May 2
Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film 
May 9
Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London. 
May 11
13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25 
May 13
15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25 
May 18
Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le Roi Malgré Luis" premieres in Paris 
May 23
1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC 
May 24
Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors 
May 25
Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die 
May 26
Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state 
Jun 7
Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston, Wash DC 
Jun 8
Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator. 
Jun 9
21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43.5 
Jun 15
Carlisle D Graham survives 2nd ride in Niagara waterfall in barrel 
Jun 15
NY Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1 
Jun 15
Stanley's expedition reaches Yambuya waterfalls Congo 
Jun 18
The Reinsurance Treaty between Germany and Russia is signed. 
Jun 21
Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria 
Jun 28
Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0 
Jul 4
The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi. 
Jul 6
4th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Hillyard (6-2 6-0) 
Jul 7
11th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Herbert Lawford beats E Renshaw (1-6 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-4) 
Jul 26
1st Esperanto book published 
Aug 2
Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire 
Aug 10
Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois) 
Aug 19
Dmitri Mendeleev makes a solo ascent by balloon to an altitude of 11,500 feet (3.5 km) above Klin, Russia to observe an eclipse 
Aug 21
Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants 
Aug 31
Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures) 
Sep 1
Dutch Amateur Photography Cooperation established 
Sep 5
Gas lamp at Theatre Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200 
Sep 15
Phila celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution 
Sep 26
Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone 
Sep 28
Gele River (Huang Ho) in China floods, kills about 1.5 million 
Sep 30
Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Five Orange Pips" (BG) 
Sep 30
Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup 
Oct 1
Balochistan conquered by the British Empire. 
Oct 8
Phillies set club record 16th straight victory 
Oct 11
A Miles patents elevator 
Oct 18
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity" (BG) 
Oct 21
Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3 
Oct 26
Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series 
Oct 31
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg 
Nov 5
Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship 
Nov 11
Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed. 
Nov 11
Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham. 
Nov 13
Bloody Sunday clashes in central London. 
Nov 15
British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong 
Nov 19
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Dying Detective" (BG) 
Nov 23
Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan 
Nov 23
Opera "Trumpeter of S├Ąckingen" 1st American production (NYC) 
Nov 24
Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca" premieres in Paris 
Nov 29
US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii 
Nov 30
1st indoor softball game (Chicago) 
Dec 1
Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet" 
Dec 1
Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao 
Dec 2
Amsterdam's Oscar Carrés Circus Theater opens 
Dec 2
French president Grevy (80) resigns 
Dec 5
Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo 
Dec 10
Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty 
Dec 17
Georges Feydeau's "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris 
Dec 19
Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw 
Dec 27
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blue Carbuncle" (BG) 
Dec 28
Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted 
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