Events in year of 1887

  • 01-04Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
  • 01-051st US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
  • 01-20US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
  • 01-21Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
  • 01-26Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
  • 01-28England all out for 45 vs. Aust SCG, their lowest total ever
  • 02-01Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California and starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
  • 02-03To avoid disputed National elections, Congress creates Electoral Count Act
  • 02-04Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
  • 02-05Snow falls on San Francisco
  • 02-08Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minn became the 1st US ski club
  • 02-08Dawes Act passed (indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
  • 02-14Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • 02-161st newspaper convention (Rochester NY)
  • 02-16Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
  • 02-201st minor league baseball association organizes (Pittsburgh)
  • 02-20Germany, Austria-Hungary and France end Triple Alliance
  • 02-211st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)
  • 02-21Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday
  • 02-22Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati
  • 02-23Congress grants Seal Rocks to San Francisco
  • 02-23French / Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
  • 03-02American Trotting Association organized in Detroit
  • 03-03American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton, Iowa
  • 03-03Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
  • 03-08Everett Horton, CT, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes
  • 03-13Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
  • 03-151st salaried fish and game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
  • 03-24Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey)
  • 04-04Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia, KS)

People born in year of 1887

  • 01-01Wilhelm Canaris: German Admiral / head German military intelligence
  • 01-03Helen Parkhurst: US educator (Education on the Dalton plan)
  • 01-10Robinson Jeffers: United States -- Poet / playwright (Tamar & Other Poems, Medea)
  • 01-11Aldo Leopold: Founder (Wilderness Society)
  • 01-16John Hamilton: Pennsylvania, United States -- Actor (Perry White-Superman)
  • 01-19Alexander Woollcott: New Jersey, United States -- Short story writer (Man Who Came to Dinner)
  • 01-21Alfred Henry Ackley: Composer
  • 01-25Diego Valeri: Italian author / poet (Le Gaie Tristezze)
  • 01-26Enrique E Ecker: Bacteriologist
  • 01-26Marc A "Pete" Mitscher: US Lieutenant Admiral (WWII-Task Force 58)
  • 01-27Carl Blegen: Minneapolis, Minnesota -- Archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos)
  • 01-28Lily Theresa Strickland: Composer
  • 01-29Albert Conti: Trieste, Austria -- Actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion)
  • 02-01Dirk Roosenburg: Dutch architect
  • 02-03Carlo Jachino: Composer
  • 02-03Georg Trakl: Austrian poet (Autumn of the Lonely)
  • 02-09Henry Zimmerman: Baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • 02-09Vital Celen: Flemish writer (Puppy Love)
  • 02-11John van Melle: South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • 02-13Alvin York: Famed US soldier with 25 kills in WWI
  • 02-15H M Bateman: Sutton Forest, NSW -- Cartoonist
  • 02-17Leevi Antti Madetoja: Composer
  • 02-18Nikos Kasandsakis: Writer
  • 02-20David McKinley Williams: Composer
  • 02-20Hesketh Pearson: England, United Kingdom -- Biographer / playwright (Writ for Libel)
  • 02-21Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower: Austrian / Polish / French chess player
  • 02-23Oskar Frederik Lindberg: Composer
  • 02-25Leonard Carey: England, United Kingdom -- Actor (Laughter)
  • 02-26Benegal Narsing Rau: India -- President of UN Security Council (1950)
  • 02-26Grover Cleveland Alexander: HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)

People died in year of 1887

  • 01-01Johan Hendrik Koelman: Portrait painter, dies at 66
  • 01-14Friedrich von Amerling: Austrian painter, dies at 83
  • 01-14Peter "Peerke" Donders: Missionary (Father of Melaatsen), dies at 77
  • 02-10Ellen Wood: English Author (Pomeroy Abbey), dies at 73
  • 02-10Pieter JBCR van der Aa: Dutch geographer, dies at 54
  • 02-15Alexander Borodin: Composer
  • 02-19Eduard Douwes Dekker: Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), dies at 66
  • 03-02August W Eichler: German botanist, dies at 47
  • 03-02Wilhelm Troszel: Composer, dies at 63
  • 03-16Emanuel Kania: Composer, dies at 59
  • 03-28Ditler G Monrad: Danish Bishop / Premier (1863-..), dies at 75
  • 04-28Carl Ferdinand Pohl: Composer, dies at 67
  • 04-30Friedrich Wilhelm Markull: Composer, dies at 71
  • 05-08Alexander Ulyanov: Brother of Lenin / hanged for assassination of tsar
  • 05-23Ludwig Mathias Lindeman: Composer, dies at 74
  • 05-27Coenraad J van Houten: Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86
  • 06-12Gustav Weber: Composer, dies at 41
  • 06-21Adolf Schimon: Composer, dies at 67
  • 07-05August F Pott: German philological (That Personennamen)
  • 07-16Nicaise de Keyser: Flemish Painter (Battle at Woeringen), dies at 73
  • 08-14Richard Jeffries: Naturalist / essayist
  • 08-17Franz Commer: Composer, dies at 74
  • 08-27Wilhelm Volkmar: Composer, dies at 74
  • 09-14Friedrich T Vischer: German philosopher / writer (Auch einer)
  • 10-07George James Webb: Composer, dies at 84
  • 10-17Gustav R Kirchhoff: German physicist (spectroscopy), dies at 63
  • 10-31George Alexander Macfarren: Composer, dies at 74
  • 11-02Jenny Lind [Swedish Nightingale]: Soprano, dies at 67
  • 11-18Eduard Marxsen: Composer, dies at 81
  • 11-18Gustav T Fechner: German psychologist / physicist, dies at 86

Events in year of 1888

  • 01-031st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC
  • 01-05Dutch Heidemaatschappij established
  • 01-07Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Valley of Fear" (BG)
  • 01-13National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC)
  • 01-27National Geographic Society organizes (Washington, DC)
  • 01-30Harry Moses 297 not out for NSW against Victoria
  • 02-22John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • 02-24Louisville, Ky becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot
  • 02-28Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
  • 03-10HW Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
  • 03-13Great Blizzard of 1888 rages
  • 03-142nd largest snowfall in NYC history (21")
  • 03-20Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure, "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  • 03-22English Football League established
  • 03-25Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber
  • 04-01Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
  • 04-07Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Yellow Face" (BG)
  • 04-16Drentse and Friese peat cutters go on strike
  • 04-20246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India
  • 04-24Eastman Kodak forms
  • 04-29Old Kavallison, Congo: Stanley meet Emin Pasha
  • 04-30Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi
  • 05-04Italy and Spain sign military covenant
  • 05-07George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
  • 05-1116th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
  • 05-12Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
  • 05-13DeWolf Hooper 1st recited "Casey at Bat"
  • 05-16CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • 05-22Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers
  • 06-01California gets its 1st seismograph

People born in year of 1888

  • 01-04Arthur Berry: England, United Kingdom -- Soccer player (1908, 12 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-08Matt Moore: County Meath, Ireland -- Actor (Coquette, Deluge)
  • 01-08Richard Courant: German / US mathematician (What is mathematics?)
  • 01-10Emile van Bosch: Dutch revue / operetta-artist (Fair Folks)
  • 01-12Claude Delvincourt: Composer
  • 01-15Joseph Henabery: Omaha, Nebraska -- Director (Cobra)
  • 01-20Leadbelly: Louisiana, United States -- Blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line)
  • 01-23Gilbert Ledward: Sculptor
  • 01-24Ernst Heinrich Heinkel: German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • 01-24Hedwig "Vicki" Baum: Austrian / US author (Men Never Know)
  • 02-02Candelario Huizar: Composer
  • 02-02Frank Lloyd: Scotland, United Kingdom -- Actor / director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist)
  • 02-03Joris Baers: Flemish bibliography / founder (Boekengids)
  • 02-04Paul Althaus: German theologist (The Christian Truth)
  • 02-06Ljudmil Stojanow: Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera)
  • 02-08Matthijs Vermeulen: Dutch composer / music critic
  • 02-10G Ungaretti: Writer
  • 02-13Georgios Papandreou: Greek prefect of Lesbos / Minister / Premier
  • 02-13Heintje Davids [Hendrika]: Dutch revue star
  • 02-17Henrietta P "Hetty" Beck: Actress (Bouwmeester Award)
  • 02-17Otto Stern: German / US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
  • 02-17Ronald Aburthnott Knox: English priest / writer (Viaduct Murder)
  • 02-20Georges Bernanos: France -- Novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • 02-20Marie Rambert: Warsaw, Poland -- English ballet producer / director / teacher
  • 02-21Willem Banning: Dutch theologist / sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • 02-25John Foster Dulles: US Secretary of State (1953-59)
  • 02-27Lotte Lehmann: Perleberg, Germany -- Soprano (Fidello)
  • 03-04Knute Rockne: Norwegian / US football player / coach (Notre Dame)
  • 03-05Friedrich Schnack: German journalist / writer (Rosewood)
  • 03-07Alidius WLT van Starkenborch Stachouwer: Governor-General of the Netherlands Indies (1936-45)

People died in year of 1888

  • 01-05Henri Herz: Composer, dies a day before 85th birthday
  • 01-14Stephen Heller: Composer, dies at 74
  • 01-21Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh: Composer, dies at 83
  • 01-29Edward Lear: Poet / author, dies at 75
  • 01-30Asa Gray: US Botanist (Flora of North America), dies at 77
  • 03-04Amos Bronson Alcott: US theory / Poet (Table Talk), dies at 88
  • 03-06Louisa May Alcott: US Author (Old-fashioned Girl), dies at 55
  • 03-10Ciro Pinsuti: Italian pianist / composer, dies at 57
  • 03-12Henry Bergh: Founder (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • 03-29Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan: Composer, dies at 74
  • 04-14William Fisk Sherwin: Composer, dies at 62
  • 04-15Matthew Arnold: English poet, dies at 65
  • 06-03Cark Reidel: Composer, dies at 60
  • 06-12Carel Vosmaer: Art Historian / Poet / editor (Netherlands Spectator), dies at 62
  • 06-15Frederik III NK van Hohenzollern: German Emperor / King of Prussia
  • 06-20Cesare Dominiceti: Composer, dies at 66
  • 06-20John H Zuckertort: German chess player, dies at 45
  • 06-23Emil Naumann: Composer, dies at 60
  • 07-04Theodor Storm: German judge / Author (Schimmelreiter), dies at 70
  • 07-10Rafael Hernando: Composer, dies at 66
  • 07-20Henri Braekeleer: Flemish painter
  • 07-21Matthias J Scheeben: German Theologist (Natur und Gnade), dies at 53
  • 08-08Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns: Composer, dies at 79
  • 08-09Charles Cros: French Mathematician / chemist / poet, dies at 45
  • 08-09Isaac Strauss: Composer, dies at 82
  • 08-17James Jameson: British nature investigator (Congo)
  • 08-21Simon Vissering: Dutch Minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • 08-24Rudolph J E Clausius: German physicist (thermodynamics)
  • 08-31Mary Ann Nicholls: A 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper
  • 09-09John van Swieten: Dutch Governor of West-Sumatra, dies at 71