Historical Events for Year 1880
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Jan 1st - Building of Panama Canal, begins
Jan 6th - Record snow cover in Seattle - 120 cm
Jan 9th - 6' (1.8 meters) of snow falls in Seattle in 5 days
Jan 9th - The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow.
Jan 21st - 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis, Tennessee
Jan 27th - Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
Feb 1st - The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published.
Feb 2nd - SS Strathleven arrives in London with 1st Australian frozen mutton
Feb 4th - Steele MacKay's "Hazel Kirke," premieres in NYC
Feb 4th - The Black donnelly massacre. James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly are murdered in their home by members of the Vigilance Committee
Squatter James Donnelly Feb 10th - Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Arcanum about Christian marriage
Feb 12th - US National Croquet League organizes (Phila)
Feb 13th - Work begins on the covering of the Senne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
Feb 16th - American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)
Feb 17th - Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
Feb 29th - Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed
Mar 4th - NY Daily Graphic publishes 1st half-tone engraving, by S H Horgan
Mar 10th - General Wolseley opens new legislative council in Pretoria
Mar 10th - Salvation Army of England sets up US welfare & religious activity
Mar 23rd - Flour rolling mill patented (John Stevens of Wisc)
Mar 24th - Tobacco Growers' Mutual Insurance Company incorporates in CT
Mar 31st - 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, IN)
Apr 18th - An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
Apr 24th - Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England
May 10th - General Wolseley opens new legislative council in Pretoria
May 18th - 6th Kentucky Derby: George Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5
May 28th - 8th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:40.5
May 31st - League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport RI
Jun 1st - 1st pay telephone installed
Jun 1st - US census at 50,155,783
Jun 7th - War of the Pacific: The Battle of Arica, assault and capture of Morro de Arica (Arica Cape), that ended the Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign).
Jun 10th - Charlie Jones becomes 1st to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning
Jun 12th - John Lee Richmond pitches 1st major league perfect game, Worcester 1, Cleveland's Forest City 0
Jun 14th - 14th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:47
Jun 16th - Salvation Army forms in London
Jun 17th - John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
Jun 24th - First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
Leader of the Kelly gang Ned Kelly Jun 28th - Ned Kelly the Australian bushranger captured at Glenrowan.
Jun 29th - France annexes Otaheite (Tahiti)
Jul 15th - 4th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: John Hartley beats H Lawford (6-2 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3)
Jul 16th - Dr. Emily Stowe becomes the first woman licenced to practice medicine in Canada.
Jul 19th - SF Public Library starts lending books
Jul 21st - Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, NY
Jul 23rd - 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jul 27th - A P Abourne patents a process for refining coconut oil
Jul 27th - Battle of Maiwand, at which Dr Watson is wounded, breaks out
Aug 2nd - British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Aug 14th - Construction of Cologne Cathedral, largest Gothic cathedral in Nthn Europe finally completed (began in 1248)
Sculptor Auguste Rodin Aug 16th - The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Sep 6th - Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval
Sep 6th - W G Grace scores 152 in debut Test Cricket innings, v Aust The Oval
Sep 7th - Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters
Sep 9th - President Hayes visits SF
Sep 10th - Pierre de Brazza signs treaty with King Makoko of Congo
Sep 23rd - Jules Ferry forms French government
Sep 29th - 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
Sep 30th - Henry Draper takes that 1st photograph of Orion Nebula
Composer John Philip Sousa Oct 1st - John Philip Sousa becomes new director of US Marine Corps Band
Oct 4th - University of California founded in Los Angeles
Oct 15th - Koln cathedral completed, 633 years after it begun
Oct 15th - Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
Oct 20th - Amsterdam Free University opens
Nov 2nd - James A Garfield (R) elected 20th US President
Nov 8th - Sarah Bernhardt, French actress, made US debut at NY's Booth Theater
Nov 11th - Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol
Nov 21st - Henry Stanley & Pierre de Brazza quarrel about possession of Congo
20th US President James Garfield Nov 24th - Southern University forms
Dec 8th - 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal, South Africa
Dec 16th - Transvaal region declares itself as the Republic of South Africa
Dec 20th - Battle at Bronker's Spruit, Transvaal: Farmers beat Britten
Dec 20th - NY's Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as "Great White Way"