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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1887 AD


January 4: Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
January 5: 1st U.S. school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
January 16: Cliff House damaged when schooner "Parallel"'s powder cargo explodes
January 20: U.S. Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
January 21: Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
January 26: Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
January 28: England all out for 45 vs. Australia SCG, their lowest total ever


February 1: Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California and starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
February 3: To avoid disputed national elections, Congress creates Electoral Count Act
February 4: Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
February 5: Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy
February 5: Snow falls on San Francisco
February 8: Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minnesota became the 1st U.S. ski club
February 8: Dawes Act passed (indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
February 14: Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
February 16: 1st newspaper convention in Rochester, New York
February 16: Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
February 20: 1st minor league baseball association organizes in Pittsburgh
February 20: Germany, Austria-Hungary and France end Triple Alliance
February 21: 1st U.S. bacteriology laboratory opens in Brooklyn
February 21: Oregon becomes 1st U.S. state to make Labor Day a holiday
February 22: Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati
February 23: Congress grants Seal Rocks to San Francisco
February 23: French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
February 26: George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in Test Crickets, 8-35 at SCG


March 2: American Trotting Association organized in Detroit
March 3: American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa
March 3: Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
March 8: Everett Horton, Connecticut, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes
March 13: Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
March 15: 1st salaried fish and game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
March 24: Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from U.S. (to Turkey)


April 4: Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st U.S. woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)
April 5: Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller
April 10: President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Illinois
April 10: Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
April 12: Henrik Ibsen's "Rosmersholm," premieres in Oslo
April 14: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Reigate Squires"
April 26: Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
April 30: 1st game played at Broad and Huntingdon St. Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10


May 2: G Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence
May 2: Hannibal W. Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
May 11: 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39
May 13: 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39
May 18: Emmanuel Chabriers opera "Le Roi Malgre 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 New York state


June 7: Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston, Washington D.C.
June 9: 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43
June 15: Carlisle D. Graham survives 2nd ride in Niagara waterfall in barrel
June 15: New York Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1
June 15: Stanley's expedition reaches Yambuya waterfalls Congo
June 21: Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria
June 28: Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0


July 6: 4th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Hillyard (62 60)
July 26: 1st Esperanto book published


August 2: Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
August 10: Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)
August 21: Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with New York Giants!


September 1: Dutch Amateur Photography Cooperation established
September 5: Gas lamp at Theater Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200
September 15: Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of U.S. Constitution
September 26: Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
September 28: Gele River (Huang Ho) in China floods, kills about 1.5 million
September 30: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Five Orange Pips"
September 30: Volunteer (U.S.) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup


October 8: Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
October 11: A Miles patents elevator
October 18: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity"
October 21: Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
October 26: Detroit (NL) beats St. Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
October 31: Rimski-Korsakov's "Capricio Espagnol," premieres in St. Petersburg


November 5: Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
November 15: British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
November 19: Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Dying Detective"
November 23: Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
November 23: Opera "Trumpeter of Sackingen" 1st American production (New York City)
November 24: Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca," premieres in Paris
November 29: U.S. receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
November 30: 1st indoor softball game (Chicago)


December 1: Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet"
December 1: Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao
December 2: Amsterdam's Oscar Carres Circus Theater opens
December 2: Charles Dickens' 1st public reading in U.S. (New York City)
December 2: French president Grevy (80) resigns
December 5: Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
December 10: Austria-Hungary/Italy/Great Britain signs military treaty of Balkan
December 17: Georges Feydeaus' "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
December 19: Jake Kilrain and Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
December 27: Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blue Carbuncle"
December 28: Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted
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