1887 in History
January 4 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
January 5 1st U.S. school of librarianship opens at Columbia University
January 16 Cliff House damaged when schooner "Parallel"'s powder cargo explodes
January 20 U.S. Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor
January 21 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms
January 26 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
January 28 England all out for 45 vs. Australia SCG, their lowest total ever
February 1 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California and starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
February 3 To avoid disputed national elections, Congress creates Electoral Count Act
February 4 Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
February 5 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" premieres at La Scala in Italy
February 5 Snow falls on San Francisco
February 8 Aurora Ski Club of Red Wing, Minnesota became the 1st U.S. ski club
February 8 Dawes Act passed (indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
February 14 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
February 16 1st newspaper convention in Rochester, New York
February 16 Eduard Douwes Dekker writes his last text (Lf8-c5)
February 20 1st minor league baseball association organizes in Pittsburgh
February 20 Germany, Austria-Hungary and France end Triple Alliance
February 21 1st U.S. bacteriology laboratory opens in Brooklyn
February 21 Oregon becomes 1st U.S. state to make Labor Day a holiday
February 22 Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati
February 23 Congress grants Seal Rocks to San Francisco
February 23 French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
February 26 George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in Test Crickets, 8-35 at SCG
March 2 American Trotting Association organized in Detroit
March 3 American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa
March 3 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
March 8 Everett Horton, Connecticut, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes
March 13 Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
March 15 1st salaried fish and game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
March 24 Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from U.S. (to Turkey)
April 4 Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st U.S. woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)
April 5 Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller
April 10 President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Illinois
April 10 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
April 12 Henrik Ibsen's "Rosmersholm," premieres in Oslo
April 14 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Reigate Squires"
April 26 Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
April 30 1st game played at Broad and Huntingdon St. Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10
May 2 G Rossini's corpse transfered to Santa Croce, Florence
May 2 Hannibal W. Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
May 11 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39
May 13 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39
May 18 Emmanuel Chabriers opera "Le Roi Malgre Luis," premieres in Paris
May 23 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC
May 24 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors
May 25 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die
May 26 Racetrack betting becomes legal in New York state
June 7 Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston, Washington D.C.
June 9 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43
June 15 Carlisle D. Graham survives 2nd ride in Niagara waterfall in barrel
June 15 New York Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1
June 15 Stanley's expedition reaches Yambuya waterfalls Congo
June 21 Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria
June 28 Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0
July 6 4th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Hillyard (62 60)
July 26 1st Esperanto book published
August 2 Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
August 10 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)
August 21 Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with New York Giants!
September 1 Dutch Amateur Photography Cooperation established
September 5 Gas lamp at Theater Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200
September 15 Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of U.S. Constitution
September 26 Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
September 28 Gele River (Huang Ho) in China floods, kills about 1.5 million
September 30 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Five Orange Pips"
September 30 Volunteer (U.S.) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup
October 8 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
October 11 A Miles patents elevator
October 18 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity"
October 21 Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
October 26 Detroit (NL) beats St. Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
October 31 Rimski-Korsakov's "Capricio Espagnol," premieres in St. Petersburg
November 5 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
November 15 British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
November 19 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Dying Detective"
November 23 Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
November 23 Opera "Trumpeter of Sackingen" 1st American production (New York City)
November 24 Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca," premieres in Paris
November 29 U.S. receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
November 30 1st indoor softball game (Chicago)
December 1 Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: "Study in Scarlet"
December 1 Sino-Portuguese treaty recognizes Portugal's control of Macao
December 2 Amsterdam's Oscar Carres Circus Theater opens
December 2 Charles Dickens' 1st public reading in U.S. (New York City)
December 2 French president Grevy (80) resigns
December 5 Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo
December 10 Austria-Hungary/Italy/Great Britain signs military treaty of Balkan
December 17 Georges Feydeaus' "Tailleur Pour Dames" premieres in Paris
December 19 Jake Kilrain and Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw
December 27 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blue Carbuncle"
December 28 Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted