1886 in History
January 1 1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena California)
January 15 Weekly Herald, 1st Vancouver, BC newspaper, publishes 1st issue
January 19 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in U.S., founded in Minnesota
January 26 Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor
January 27 1st British government of Salisbury resigns
January 29 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe
February 9 President Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence
February 12 2nd British government of Salisbury forms
February 13 Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class
February 23 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
February 23 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
February 23 Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred," premieres
March 6 1st U.S. alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA
March 6 1st U.S. nurses' magazine, The Nightingale, 1st appears, New York City
March 17 Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 blacks killed
March 20 1st AC power plant in U.S. begins commercial operation, Massachusetts
March 26 1st cremation in England
March 29 Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise for Coca-Coke
April 6 City of Vancouver BC incorporated
April 6 Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga
April 25 Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna
April 29 1st public Dutch electricity opens
May 1 U.S. general strike for 8 hour day, begins
May 3 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
May 4 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
May 8 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)
May 14 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36
May 19 Camille Saint-Saens' 3rd Symphony in C, premieres
May 21 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
June 2 Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency, Frances Folsom
June 3 24 Christians burn to death in Namgongo Uganda
June 5 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41
June 8 1st Civil Rights Act passes
June 13 Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver
July 3 1st New York Tribune printing using 1st commercial linotype machine
July 3 In Germany, Karl Benz drives 1st automobile
July 4 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Pt Moody, BC
July 6 Horlick's of Wisconsin offers 1st malted milk to public
July 10 Eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys famous pink and white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces (North Island, New Zealand)
July 10 George Goldie gets charter for Royal Niger Company
July 23 Steve Brodie supposedly survives plunge from Brooklyn Bridge
July 24 China takes British protectorate of Burma
July 28 English Salisbury government forms
August 1 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
August 4 Colombia adopts constitution
August 12 W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, vs. AuAustraliast, The Oval
August 15 Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game
August 18 Carr Baker Neel and Samuel Neel win U.S. Lawn Tennis Association doubles
August 25 1st International polo meet, U.S. vs England
August 31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern U.S., at Charleston SC, 110 die
August 31 Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized
September 1 Netherlands New Code of Criminal law enforced
September 4 Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war
September 6 Queen Victoria establishes Distinguished Service Order (DSO) award
September 11 Mayflower (U.S.) beats Galatea (England) in 7th America's Cup
September 14 George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon
September 25 Comedy opera "Dorothy," 1st produced in London
October 1 U.S. Mint at Carson City, Nevada closes
October 6 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Resident Patient"
October 7 Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
October 8 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Noble Bachelor"
October 10 1st dinner jacket worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, New York (tuxedo)
October 12 Hurricane and sea surge kills 250 at Indianola, Texas
October 12 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of 2nd Stain"
October 23 St. Louis Browns win World Championship by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10
October 26 Modest Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain," premieres in Russia
October 27 Musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain," performed in Russia
October 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated by President Grover Cleveland
October 30 Great Britain/Germany divide boundaries in East-Africa
November 3 Friars of Tilburg arrives on Curaeao
November 4 Edward MacDowell's "Ophelia," premieres
November 22 Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia
November 30 1st commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo
December 8 American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president
December 16 Rift at Dutch Reformed Church over "Doleantie"
December 22 1st national accountants' society in U.S. formed (New York City)