1885 in History – What happened in year 1885

✅ Published on April 6th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1885 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1885.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1885 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 januarySino-French War-French troops under General François Oscar deNégrier defeated a numerically superior Qing Chinese force at Nui Bopin northern Vietnam.
15 januaryAmerican photographer Wilson Bentley took the first knownphotograph of a snowflake by attaching a bellowscamera to a microscope.
23 februarySino-French War: France gained an important victory in the Battle of ??ng ??ng in the Tonkin region of what is now Vietnam.
03 marchAmerican Telephone & Telegraph, at onepoint the world's largest telephone company, was incorporated in NewYork.
14 marchThe Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan's most frequently performedSavoy opera, debuted at the Savoy Theatre in London.
26 marchFeeling that Canada had failed to address the protection of their rights, the Métis people, led by Louis Riel, began the North-West Rebellion.
02 aprilNorth-West Rebellion-Led by Wandering Spirit, young Creewarriors attacked the village of Frog Lake, North-West Territories (now in Alberta), where they killed nine settlers.
02 mayA small force of Cree and Assiniboine defeated a larger Canadian force in the Battle of Cut Knife, the natives' most successful battle during the North-West Rebellion.
12 mayThe Provisional Government of Saskatchewan was decisivelydefeated at the Battle of Batoche, which led to the end of the North-West Rebellion three days later.
17 juneThe Statue of Liberty arrived at New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty was a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, built by Gustave Eiffel, and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
24 juneTara Singh, freedom fighter and leader of Akali Dal Master, was born in the village Haryal, District Rawalpindi. Master Tara Sing was a prominent Sikh political and religious leader in the first half of the 20th century. He was instrumental in organizing the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee, in organizing Sikhs politically, and guided the Sikhs during the Partition of India.
06 julyFrench chemists Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux successfullytested their vaccine against rabies on nine-year-old Joseph Meisterafter he was bitten by an infected dog.
29 augustGottlieb Daimler patented the world's first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
02 septemberWhite miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming, US, attacked Chineseimmigrants, killing at least 28 Chinese miners and causing approximatelyUS$150,000 in property damage.
13 octoberThe Georgia Institute of Technology was established in Atlantaas part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in thepost-Civil War Southern United States.
14 octoberThe Georgia Institute of Technology was established in Atlantaas part of Reconstruction plans to build an industrial economy in thepost-Civil War Southern United States.
07 novemberConstruction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the firsttranscontinental railroad across Canada, concluded with the driving ofthe 'last spike' in Craigellachie, British Columbia.
16 novemberAfter a five-day trial following the North-West Rebellion,Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and 'Father ofManitoba', was executed by hanging for high treason.
02 MayAt the Berlin Conference, King Leopold II of Belgium established the independent State Congo.
19 MayThe German Chancellor Bispark captured the African countries of Cameroon and Tongoland.
17 JuneFrance's gift to the Statue of Liberty arrived at the port of New York.
06 JulyLouis Pasteur successfully tested rabies vaccine. This discovery brought a revolution in the medical world.
05 SeptemberThe first gasoline pump was installed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.
29 SeptemberThe world's first passenger electric tram started in England.
10 NovemberGottlieb Demeler introduced the world's first motorcycle.
26 NovemberThe meteorite was photographed for the first time.
28 DecemberThe first session of the Indian National Congress took place in Bombay, in which 72 delegates attended.
04 JanuaryDr. William made his first successful operation of appendix.
06 JanuaryBharatendu Harishchandra, one of the Hindi poets and writers of modern India, died.
28 FebruaryThe first session of the Indian National Congress took place in Bombay, in which 72 delegates attended.

Famous birthdays in the year 1885:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 OctoberLouis Untermeyer / Poet / United States of America
04 MayKingsley Fairbridge / Politician / Australia
04 JuneArturo Rawson / Politician / Argentina
05 OctoberIda Rubinstein / Actress / Russia
08 January John Curtin / Politician / Australia
09 JuneFelicjan Sławoj Składkowski / Politician / Poland
10 SeptemberCarl Clinton Van Doren / Critic / United States of America
11 NovemberGeorge S. Patton / General / United States of America
11 March Malcolm Campbell / Journalist / United Kingdom
12 February Julius Streicher / Publisher / Germany
12 AugustJean Cabannes / Academic / France
16 AprilLeó Weiner / Educator / Hungary
16 JuneErich Jacoby / Architect / Poland
19 AprilKarl Tarvas / Architect / Estonia
21 DecemberFrank Patrick / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
24 JuneOlaf Holtedahl / Geologist / Norway
26 January Harry Ricardo / Engineer / United Kingdom
27 January Seison Maeda / Painter / Japan
29 DecemberRoman von Ungern-Sternberg / General / Austria
31 MayAlois Hudal / Bishop / Austria

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1885:

YearName / Profession / Country
15 JulyPattom A. Thanu Pillai / Politician / India
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