Historical Events for Year 1884
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Jan 4th - Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario)
Jan 4th - The Fabian Society is founded in London.
Jan 8th - Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz
Jan 18th - General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
Jan 18th - Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Iesu Grist (Welsh for Jesus Christ) Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.
Jan 19th - Jules Massenet's opera "Manon," premieres in Paris
Jan 26th - 1st Dutch Wagner version of Elizabeth aria
Feb 1st - 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
Feb 7th - Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
Feb 18th - General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum
Feb 18th - Police seize all copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In"
Feb 19th - Tornadoes in Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn, Ky & In kill 800 people
Feb 26th - British & Portuguese treaty signed in Congo by Leopold II
Mar 8th - 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Piano suite
Mar 8th - Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Anthony's argument came 16 years after legislators had first introduced a federal women's suffrage amendment.
Mar 12th - Mississippi establishes 1st US state college for women
Mar 13th - Siege of Khartoum Sudan begins
Mar 13th - US adopts Standard Time
Mar 17th - John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight, Otay, Calif
Mar 27th - 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
Apr 2nd - London prison for debtors closed
Apr 10th - US Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo
Apr 20th - Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Freemasonry"
Apr 21st - Potters Field reopened as Madison Park
Apr 22nd - Thomas Stevens starts 1st bike trip around world (2 yrs 9 mos)
Apr 22nd - US recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
Apr 24th - National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes (Atlanta)
May 1st - Construction begins on Chicago 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
May 1st - Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US
May 1st - Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
May 13th - Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) forms in New York
May 14th - Anti-Monopoly party forms in US
May 16th - 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
May 17th - Alaska becomes a US territory
May 19th - Ringling Brothers circus premieres
May 22nd - 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
May 23rd - 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5
May 24th - Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party forms People's Party in US
May 26th - Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours
May 29th - 1st steam cable trams start in highgate
May 31st - Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"
Jun 3rd - John Lynch (R-MS) chosen 1st black major-party natl convention chair
Jun 4th - 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42
Jun 5th - William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying "I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected"
Jun 16th - 1st roller coaster used (Coney Island NY)
Jun 24th - John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention
Jul 3rd - Dow Jones published it's 1st stock avg
Jul 4th - 1st US bullfight held (Dodge City Ks)
Jul 4th - Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
Jul 5th - German consul-general Gustav Nachtigal takes possession of Cameroon
Jul 5th - US Congress accept 2nd Chinese Exclusion Act
Jul 10th - 1st Test Cricket to be played at Old Trafford 1st day washed out
Jul 19th - 8th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-0 6-4 9-7)
Jul 21st - 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord's
Jul 27th - The East Cleveland Street Railway Company begins the first U.S. commercial electric streetcar line in Cleveland, Ohio, on the Bentley-Knight system
Aug 2nd - Dutch Queen Emma appointed regent
Aug 5th - Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
Aug 7th - Germany annexes Angra Pequena (Southwest-Africa)
Aug 11th - 1st double-century stand in Test cricket, McDonnell/Murdoch 207 Aust
Aug 12th - Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
Aug 28th - First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, SD
Aug 28th - Mickey Welsh strikes-out 1st 9 men he faces
Aug 30th - Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves
Sep 4th - Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia.
Sep 10th - Congressman John R Lynch presides over Republican National Convention
Sep 20th - 6.2 mile Arlberg railroad tunnel completed in Austria
Sep 20th - Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for Pres & VP
Sep 23rd - American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine.
Sep 24th - Dixey, Rice & Gill's musical "Adonis" premieres in NYC
Sep 26th - Suriname army shoots on British-Indian contract workers, 7 killed
Oct 6th - Naval War College forms in Newport RI
Oct 13th - Greenwich established as universal time meridian of longitude
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman Oct 14th - George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film
Oct 22nd - General Gordon receives letter of Mahdi
Oct 22nd - Sporting Life announces that both pennant winners will meet in 3 game series Oct 23-25 at Polo Grounds NYC to determine baseball champion
Oct 22nd - The International Meridian Conference in Washington, DC, USA adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian
Oct 23rd - 1st World Series OKed by AA, Providence (NL) beats NY Mets (AA) 6-0
Oct 25th - 1st World Series OK by AA, Providence (NL) sweeps NY Mets (AA) in 3
Oct 27th - Architect Henry Hardenberghs Dakota-complex opens in NYC
Nov 1st - The Gaelic Athletic Association is founded to promote Irish sport and games; The association denies membership to the police and army and is immediately infiltrated by the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB)
US President Grover Cleveland Nov 4th - Grover Cleveland (D) beats James G Blaine (R) for his 1st presidential term. The only American president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms
Nov 6th - British protectorate proclaimed over southeast New Guinea
Nov 6th - Montreal Foot Ball Club (QFRU) defeats Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) 30-0 in 1st CRFU Championship game
Nov 8th - German government recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
Nov 15th - Colonization of Africa orgainized at international conference in Berlin
Nov 17th - Cops arrest John L Sullivan in 2nd round for being "cruel"
Nov 22nd - T Thomas Fortune starts NY Freeman (NY Age) newspaper
Nov 25th - John B Meyenberg of St Louis patents evaporated milk
Dec 1st - American Old West: Near Frisco, New Mexico, deputy sheriff Elfego Baca holds off a gang of 80 Texan cowboys who want to kill him for arresting Charles McCarthy.
Dec 6th - Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Wash, DC
Dec 9th - Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate
Dec 12th - 1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval
Dec 16th - Great Britain recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
Dec 19th - Italy recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
Dec 24th - Austria-Hungary admits King Leopold II's Congo Free State
Dec 27th - Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
Dec 30th - Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig