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