1880A game called bingo is developed from the Italian lotto game of tumble.New York streets are lit by electricity.Canned meats and fruits appear in stores.U.S. railroad tracks total 93,671 miles.U.S. telephones - 50,000.1881"The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth" opens.Clara Barton organizes the American Red Cross.In Tombstone, Arizona a gunfight takes place at the O.K. Corral.Pat Garrett kills Billy the Kid.1882R.L. Stevenson's "Treasure Island" published.American Baseball Association founded.John Sullivan wins heavyweight boxing crown.Jesse James is shot and killed by Robert Ford in St. Joseph, Missouri.1883First skyscraper built in Chicago, ten stories high.Orient Express makes its first run from Paris to Istanbul.W.F. Cody AKA Buffalo Bill organizes a "Wild West Show."Brooklyn Bridge opens in New York.On the western Plains only a few hundred buffalo remain.1885Grover Cleveland inaugurated as 22nd President of U.S.Former President and American General Ulysses S. Grant dies (b. 1822).H. Rider Haggard's adventure novel, "King Solomon's Mines" published.John M. Fox discovers the game of golf on a trip to Scotland and introduces it to the U.S.Kansas becomes a Prohibition state.1886First Indian National Congress meets.First Amateur Golf Championship played.Geronimo surrenders to Gen. Crook in Mexico. He escapes again and surrenders for good after his family is taken prisoner.The dedication of Statue of Liberty.Winter - hundreds of thousands of cattle die on the open range in U.S.1888"Jack the Ripper" murders six women in London.1889North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington become states of the U.S. and Oklahoma becomes open to non-Indian settlement.Benjamin Harrison inaugurated as 23rd President of U.S.Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" published.The first May Day celebration is held in Paris.First motion-picture camera invented by William Friese-Green
1890Idaho and Wyoming become states of the U.S.Daughters of the American Revolution founded in Washington.First steel-framed building erected in Chicago.Famine in Russia grows widespread.Indian Territory becomes known as Oklahoma Territory.Sioux are slaughtered at Wounded Knee.Sitting Bull is killed.Wyoming becomes the first state to give voting rights to women.1891900,000 acres of Indian land in Oklahoma Territory given up by Fox, Sauk and Potawatomi. 1892First telephone switchboard introduced.First cans of pineapples are introduced."Gentleman Jim" Corbett defeats John Sullivan and wins the heavyweight boxing title.In Montana 1.8 million acres of the Crow Indian reservation opens up to settlers by presidential proclamation.George Ferris disigns the Ferris wheel.First immigrants arrive at Ellis Island in U.S.1893Henry Ford builds his first automobile.First open-heart surgery performed by Dr. Daniel Williams.Dedication of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City.1894In Russia, Czar Alexander III dies; succeeded by his son Nicholas II.Oliver Wendell Holmes, American author dies.Robert Louis Stevenson dies.1895Cuba fights Spain for its independence.Frederick Douglas, American abolitionist dies.H.G. Wells: "The Time Machine" published.First pro football game played in U.S. at Latrobe, PA.First Open Gold championship held in U.S.1896Utah becomes a state of U.S.Harriet Beecher Stowe, American novelist dies.Niagara Falls hydroelectric plant opens in U.S.First modern day Olympics is held in Athens.Klondike gold rush begins in Bonanza Creek, Canada.1897jello is invented.Milk is delivered and sold in glass bottles.1898U.S. declares war on Spain over Cuba.Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" published.H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds" published.Photographs are first taken.
1900William McKinley, 25th President of U.S. reelected.Stephen Crane, American author dies.First Browning revolvers manufactured.World Exhibition in ParisRay Ewry,american wins eight Olympic gold medals.First professional wrestling champion, William Muldoon.1901Queen Victoria dies: succeeded by her son Edward VII.William McKinley, President of U.S. assassinated by activist and succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.Social Revolutionary Party founded in Russia.Oil discovered at Spindletop, Texas.Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid escape to South America.1903Alaskan frontier settled.Jack London's "Call of the Wild" pub.Henry Ford founds the Ford Motor Co.First crossing of the American continent coast to coast by car taking 65 days.The Teddy Bear is designed by Richard Steiff and named after President Roosevelt.First bicycle race called "Tour de France."Orville Wright makes first controlled flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.1904In New York a woman is arrested for smoking cigarette in public.1905Theodore Roosevelt inaugurated President of U.S. for second term.1907Baden-Powell founds the Boy Scouts.S.S. "Lusitania" breaks transatlantic record from Queenstown, Ireland to New York in 5 days and 45 minutes.In Philadelphia the second Sunday in May established as Mother's Day. 1908An Earthquake hits in Calabria and Sicily killing 150,000 people.Jack Johnson becomes the first black world heavyweight boxing champion.Ford Motor Company produces the first Model T.
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