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Timeline 1880-1908
by YonderDays


1880

  • A 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.
  • 1882

  • R.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.
  • 1883

  • First 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.
  • 1885

  • Grover 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.
  • 1886

  • First 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.
  • 1889

  • North 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
  • 1890

  • Idaho 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.
  • 1891

  • 900,000 acres of Indian land in Oklahoma Territory given up by Fox, Sauk and Potawatomi.
  • 1892

  • First 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.
  • 1893

  • Henry Ford builds his first automobile.
  • First open-heart surgery performed by Dr. Daniel Williams.
  • Dedication of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City.
  • 1894

  • In Russia, Czar Alexander III dies; succeeded by his son Nicholas II.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, American author dies.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson dies.
  • 1895

  • Cuba 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.
  • 1896

  • Utah 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.
  • 1897

  • jello is invented.
  • Milk is delivered and sold in glass bottles.
  • 1898

  • U.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.
  • 1900

  • William McKinley, 25th President of U.S. reelected.
  • Stephen Crane, American author dies.
  • First Browning revolvers manufactured.
  • World Exhibition in Paris
  • Ray Ewry,american wins eight Olympic gold medals.
  • First professional wrestling champion, William Muldoon.
  • 1901

  • Queen 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.
  • 1903

  • Alaskan 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.
  • 1904

  • In New York a woman is arrested for smoking cigarette in public.
  • 1905

  • Theodore Roosevelt inaugurated President of U.S. for second term.
  • 1907

  • Baden-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.
  • 1908

  • An 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.
  • Bib: The Readers Companion To American History. Boston
    The Time Tables of History. New York.
    Lexicon Univ. Ency. New York.


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