1888 in History – What happened in year 1888

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.

Know what happened in 1888:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 January The 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.
05 AugustBertha Benz made the first long-distance automobile trip, going106 km (66 mi) from Mannheim to Pforzheim, Germany, in a Benz Patent-Motorwagen (pictured), returning the next day.
09 November Mary Jane Kelly was murdered in London, widely believed to bethe fifth and final victim of the notorious unidentified serial killerJack the Ripper.
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.
23 DecemberDuring a bout of mental illness, Dutch painter Vincent van Goghstalked his friend French painter Paul Gauguin with a razor, and thenafterwards cut off the lower part of his own left ear and gave it to aprostitute.
27 January Two weeks after a group of over thirty explorers and scientists met in Washington, D.C., to organize 'a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge,' the National Geographic Society, publisher of the National Geographic Magazine, was incorporated.
23 DecemberDuring a bout of mental illness, Dutch painter Vincent van Goghstalked his friend French painter Paul Gauguin with a razor, and thenafterwards cut off the lower part of his own left ear and gave it to aprostitute.
09 NovemberMary Jane Kelly was murdered in London, widely believed to bethe fifth and final victim of the notorious unidentified serial killerJack the Ripper.
09 OctoberThe Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., at the time theworld's tallest building, officially opened to the general public.
14 OctoberFrench inventor Louis Le Prince filmed Roundhay Garden Scene,the earliest surviving motion picture, in Roundhay, Leeds, WestYorkshire, England.
31 AugustMary Ann Nichols' body was found on the ground in front of agated stable entrance in Buck's Row, London, allegedly the first victimof the unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper (depictionpictured).
12 MayPrincess Isabel of the Empire of Brazil signed the Lei Áureainto law, formally abolishing slavery in Brazil.
03 AprilThe first of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committedin or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End ofLondon, occurred.
11 March The 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 March Led by William McGregor (pictured), ten football clubs met inLondon for the purpose of founding The Football League, the oldestleague competition in world football.
27 JanuaryThe National Geographic Society, publisher of NationalGeographic magazine, was incorporated in Washington, D.C., as 'a societyfor the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge'.
03 JuneAmerican writer Ernest Thayer's baseball poem 'Casey at theBat' was first published in the San Francisco Examiner.
03 January The 36 in (91 cm) refracting telescope at the LickObservatory near San Jose, California, at the time the largest in theworld, was used for the first time.
04 SeptemberAmerican inventor George Eastman registered the trademark'Kodak' after receiving a patent for his roll film camera.
11 AprilThe Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam was inaugurated.
14 OctoberFrench inventor Louis Le Prince filmed Roundhay Garden Scene,the earliest surviving motion picture, in Roundhay, Leeds, WestYorkshire, England.
14 AugustA recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan's The LostChord, one of the first recordings of music ever made, was played duringa press conference introducing Thomas Edison's phonograph in London.
30 OctoberKing Lobengula of Matabeleland granted the Rudd Concession toagents of Cecil Rhodes, setting in motion the creation of the British South Africa Company.
23 DecemberDuring about of mental illness, Dutch painter Vincent van Goghs talked 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 aprostitute.
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.
14 OctoberFrench inventor Louis Le Prince filmed Roundhay Garden Scene,the earliest surviving motion picture, in Roundhay, Leeds, WestYorkshire, England.
14 AugustA recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan's The LostChord (audio featured), one of the first recordings of music ever made,was played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison'sphonograph in London.
13 MayPrincess Isabel of the Empire of Brazil signed the Lei Áureainto law, formally abolishing slavery in Brazil.
03 AprilThe first of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committedin or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End ofLondon, occurred.
09 AprilThe Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam was inaugurated.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1888:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 JulyRamón Gómez de la Serna / Author / Spain
04 OctoberOscar Mathisen / Skater / Norway
05 OctoberMary Fuller / Actress / United States of America
07 January Vera de Bosset / Ballerina / United States of America
08 January Richard Courant / Academic / United States of America
12 JuneZygmunt Janiszewski / Academic / Poland
13 March Paul Morand / Author / France
16 JulyFrits Zernike / Academic / Netherlands
16 NovemberLuis Cluzeau Mortet / Composer / Uruguay
17 JulyShmuel Yosef Agnon / Poet / Israel
18 SeptemberGrey Owl / Author / United Kingdom
19 NovemberJosé Raúl Capablanca / Chess Player / United States of America
19 JulyEnno Lolling / Physician / Germany
22 February Owen Brewster / Politician / United States of America
24 JuneGerrit Rietveld / Architect / Netherlands
24 March Viktor Kingissepp / Politician / Estonia
25 MayMiles Malleson / Actor / United Kingdom
28 MayVivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot / Author / United Kingdom
30 NovemberHarry Altham / Cricketer / United Kingdom
30 AprilJohn Crowe Ransom / Poet / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1888:

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

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