1888 in History – What happened in year 1888

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

In history, year 1888 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 1888.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1888 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 januaryThe 91 cm refracting telescope at the Lick Observatory near San Jose, California, at the time the largest telescope in the world, was used for the first time.
27 januaryThe National Geographic Society, publisher of National Geographic magazine, was incorporated in Washington, D.C., as 'a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge'.
11 marchThe Great Blizzard of 1888 struck the northeastern UnitedStates, producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 ft (15 m) and confiningsome people to their houses for up to a week.
23 marchLed by William McGregor, ten football clubs met in London for the purpose of founding The Football League, the oldest league competition in world football.
03 aprilThe first of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committedin or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London, occurred.
09 aprilThe Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam was inaugurated.
13 mayPrincess Isabel of the Empire of Brazil signed the Lei Áureainto law, formally abolishing slavery in Brazil.
03 juneAmerican writer Ernest Thayer's baseball poem 'Casey at theBat' was first published in the San Francisco Examiner.
26 juneGhanshyam Das Birla, great freedom fighter and social reformer, was born at Pilani. Birla inherited the family business and moved to further diversify them into other areas. Of these, at least three contemporary family business groups existing in India today can trace their ancestry to Ghanshyam Das. Of these businesses, he wanted to turn the money lending business into manufacturing. So he left for Calcutta in Bengal, the world's largest jute producing region.
05 augustBertha Benz made the first long-distance automobile trip, going106 km (66 mi) from Mannheim to Pforzheim, Germany, in a Benz Patent-Motorwagen, returning the next day.
14 augustA recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan's The LostChord (audio clip right), one of the first recordings of music evermade, was played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison'sphonograph in London.
31 augustMary Ann Nichols' body was found on the ground in front of agated stable entrance in Buck's Row, London, allegedly the first victim of the unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
04 septemberAmerican inventor George Eastman registered the trademark'Kodak' after receiving a patent for his roll film camera.
09 octoberThe Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., at the time theworld's tallest building, officially opened to the general public.
30 octoberKing Lobengula of Matabeleland granted the Rudd Concession toagents of Cecil Rhodes, setting in motion the creation of the British South Africa Company.
09 novemberMary Jane Kelly was murdered in London; she was widely believedto be the fifth and final victim of the notorious unidentified serialkiller Jack the Ripper.
23 decemberDuring a bout of mental illness, Dutch painter Vincent van Goghstalked his friend French painter Paul Gauguin with a razor, and then afterwards cut off the lower part of his own left ear and gave it to a prostitute.
18 MayThe first gramophone record in the United States was played.
13 JuneThe US Congress formed the Department of Labor.
21 JulyBritish inventor Dunlop designed tires and tubes which increased the speed of transport.
27 JulyPhilippe Pratt showcased the first electric automobile.
05 SeptemberThe second President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born into a Brahmin family in the small village of Tirumani in Tamil Nadu.
07 NovemberRenowned scientist and Nobel laureate CV Raman was born.
11 NovemberFreedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was born in Saudi Arabia.
05 AugustBertha Benz, the wife of the inventor of the car who invented the car, traveled 104 kilometers from Mannheim, Germany to Pforzheim, becoming the first person to travel such a long distance by car.
20 April246 people died due to hailstorm in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.
26 JanuaryThe Lawn Tennis Association was established in England.
06 FebruaryGillis Bildt became Prime Minister of Sweden.
09 MarchFrederick III became Emperor of German and King of Prussia.
24 AprilThe Kodak Company was founded by George Eastman.


Famous birthdays in the year 1888:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 AprilTris Speaker / Baseball Player / United States of America
09 MayFrancesco Baracca / Pilot / Italy
10 JulyToyohiko Kagawa / Author / Japan
11 MayWillis Augustus Lee / Army Officer / United States of America
12 JuneZygmunt Janiszewski / Academic / Poland
13 AugustJohn Logie Baird / Engineer / Scotland
15 SeptemberAntonio Ascari / Racing Car Driver / Italy
15 NovemberArtie Matthews / Composer / United States of America
16 AugustT. E. Lawrence / Archaeologist / Britain
20 DecemberYitzhak Baer / Academic / Germany
20 DecemberFred Merkle / Baseball Player / United States of America
23 JuneBronson M. Cutting / Politician / United States of America
24 NovemberDale Carnegie / Author / United States of America
24 AprilPe Maung Tin / Scholar / Myanmar (Burma)
26 March Elsa Brändström / Nurse / Sweden
27 February Lotte Lehmann / Actress / United States of America
27 AprilFlorence La Badie / Actress / Canada
28 OctoberChristopher Vane / Politician / United Kingdom
28 MayVivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot / Author / United Kingdom
29 JuneAlexander Friedmann / Mathematician / Russia

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1888:

YearName / Profession / Country
11 NovemberMaulana Abdul Kalam Azad / Politician / India
04 AugustTaher Saifuddin / Religious Leader / India
11 NovemberAbul Kalam Muhiyuddin Ahmed Azad / Politician / India
17 January Babu Gulabrai / Author / India
11 NovemberJ. B. Kripalani / Politician / India
05 SeptemberSarvepalli Radhakrishnan / Philosopher / India
27 NovemberGanesh Vasudev Mavalankar / Politician / India
27 NovemberGanesh Vasudev Mavalankar / Freedom Fighter / India
27 NovemberGanesh Vasudev Mavalankar / Politician / India
11 NovemberAbul Kalam Azad / Activist / India
07 NovemberChandrasekhara Venkata Raman / Physician / India
05 SeptemberDr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan / Professor / India
15 JanuaryDr. Saifuddin Kichalu / Lawyer / India
05 SeptemberSarvepalli Radhakrishnan / Politician / India
07 NovemberC. V. Raman / Academic / India
15 JanuarySaiffudin Kichlu / Politician / India
11 NovemberMaulana Abul Kalam Azad / Politician / India
11 NovemberJivatram Bhagwandas Kripalani / Lawyer / India
11 MayAsaf Ali / Activist / India
05 SeptemberDr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan / Teacher / India
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