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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1888 AD


January 3: 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington D.C.
January 5: Dutch Heidemaatschappij established
January 7: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear"
January 13: National Geographic Society founded in Washington, D.C.
January 27: National Geographic Society organizes in Washington D.C.
January 30: Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria


February 22: John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans in Yonkers, New York
February 24: Louisville, Kentucky becomes 1st government in U.S. to adopt Australian ballot
February 28: Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
February 28: Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres


March 10: 1st performance of Cesar Franck's "Psyche"
March 10: HW Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
March 11: Great blizzard of '88 strikes the North East U.S.
March 12: 2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in NE U.S. (400 die)
March 13: Great Blizzard of 1888 rages
March 14: 2nd largest snowfall in New York City history (21")
March 20: Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure, "A Scandal in Bohemia"
March 21: Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender," premieres in London
March 22: English Football League established
March 25: Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber


April 1: Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
April 7: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Yellow Face"
April 16: Drentse and Friese peat cutters go on strike
April 20: 246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India
April 24: Eastman Kodak forms
April 29: Old Kavallison, Congo: Stanley meet Emin Pasha
April 30: Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi


May 4: Italy and Spain sign military covenant
May 7: Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys," premieres in Paris
May 7: George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
May 11: 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
May 12: Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
May 13: DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
May 13: Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Aurea" abolishing slavery
May 14: 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38
May 16: CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
May 22: Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers


June 1: California gets its 1st seismograph
June 3: "Casey at the Bat" published, SF Examiner
June 5: Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president
June 9: 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40
June 13: Congress creates Department of Labor
June 15: Wilhelm II becomes emperor of Germany
June 20: Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Libertas
June 23: Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for president
June 25: Republican Convention, in Chicago, nominates Benjamin Harrison


July 3: New York Giant pitcher Rube Marquard ties record of 19 game win-streak
July 4: 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Arizona
July 11: 118 degrees F (48 degrees C), Bennett, Colorado (state record)
July 11: Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall
July 15: Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years
July 23: John Boyd Dunlop, applies to patent pneumatic tire
July 27: Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile


August 7: Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door
August 10: New York Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win streak record
August 12: Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour
August 19: 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 yr old West Indian wins
August 20: Longest U.S. men's single tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80-game 1st-round contest
August 21: William Seward Burroughs patents adding machine
August 25: 8th U.S. Mens Tennis: Henry W Slocum, Jr. beats Howard A Taylor (64 61 60)
August 30: Lord Walsingham kills 1070 grouse in a single day


September 1: Dutch Railway Deventer-Almelo opens
September 3: East Africa Company political and commercial rights
September 3: Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnons Imperial British
September 4: George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera and registers "Kodak"
September 7: Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby place in an incubator
September 12: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Greek Interpreter"
September 18: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Sign of Four"
September 19: World's 1st beauty contest (Spa Belgium)
September 25: Royal Court Theatre, London, opens
September 25: Start of Sherlock Holmes "Hound of Baskervilles"
September 30: "Jack the Ripper" butchers 2 more women, Liz Stride and Kate Eddowes


October 1: National Geographic magazine publishes for 1st time
October 9: Washington Monument opens for public admittance
October 10: Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 (Mud Run Pa)
October 19: Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
October 20: Chicago and All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand
October 23: Pelham Bay Park in Bronx, vested
October 29: Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for BSA Company
October 30: John J Loud patents ballpoint pen
October 30: Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland 100 pounds per month
October 31: John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tire


November 3: Amsterdam: 1st concerto of Concert worker, under Willem Kes
November 6: Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats President Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes
November 14: St. Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
November 14: USC Trojans (then Methodists) play their 1st football game
November 17: St. Tsjaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in Petersburg
November 20: William Bundy patents timecard clock


December 11: French Panama Canal company fails
December 19: Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa
December 22: Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain
December 23: Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear
December 25: 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
December 30: Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star
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