January 1 - Construction of the Panama Canal begins.
February 2 - The first electric streetlight is installed in Wabash, Indiana.
February 13 - Thomas Edison becomes the second person to observe the Edison Effect.
March 10 - Members of the Salvation Army land in the United States and begin operations.
May 13 - In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric
July 1 - First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem
July 16 - First woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada - Dr. Emily Howard Stowe.
October - terrible winter storm in North America, the "Blizzard of 1880".
October 15 - Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
November - James Garfield defeats Winfield S. Hancock in the U.S. presidential election.
November 11 - Australian bushranger and bank robber Ned Kelly is hanged in Melbourne.
November 22 - Vaudeville actress Lillian Russell makes her debut at Tony Pastor's Theatre
in New York City.
December 30 - The Transvaal becomes a republic and Paul Kruger becomes its first
Discovery of piezoelectricity by Pierre Curie and Jacques Curie.
Completion of Cologne cathedral.
Founding of Science by Thomas Edison.Births
January 4 - Cornelis Marinus van den Houten
January 6 - Tom Mix
, actor (d. 1940).
January 17 - Mack Sennett
, director, producer (d. 1960).
January 21 - Adriaantje Okkerse
January 26 - Douglas MacArthur
, general (d. 1964).
January 29 - W.C. Fields
, actor (d. 1946).
January 30 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
, President of the United States (d. 1945).
February 8 - Franz Marc
, artist, co-founder: Blauer Reiter (d. 1916).
February 12 - John L. Lewis
, labor union leader (d. 1969).
February 21 - Fransina van den Houten
February 21 - Waldemar Bonsels
, writer (d. 1952).
February 22 - Frigyes Riesz
, mathematician (d. 1956).
February 28 - Baltus van den Houten
March 10 - Broncho Billy Anderson
, actor (d. 1971).
March 13 - Johannes Jacob den Engelsman
March 13 - Frank Thieß
, writer (d. 1977).
March 22 - Cornelia Hage
March 30 - Sean O'Casey
, dramatist (d. 1964).
April 9 - Frans Maarten van den Houten
April 13 - Charles Christie
, pioneer film studio owner in Hollywood (d. 1955).
May 6 - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
, painter (d. 1938).
May 14 - B.C. Forbes
, financial publisher (d. 1954).
May 17 - Maria Johanna (de) Vaal
May 25 - Jean Alexandre Barré
, neurologist (d. 1967).
May 29 - Oswald Spengler
, philosopher (Decline of the West) (d. 1936).
June 22 - Adriana Apolonia van As
June 25 - Christina Nieuwenburg
July 5 - Jan Kubelík
, violinist (d. 1940).
July 15 - Hendrik Cornelis van den Houten
July 26 - Aagtje Bruggeman
August 8 - Earle Page
, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1961).
August 10 - Robert L. Thornton
, Dallas businessman, philanthropist
and mayor (d. 1964).
August 11 - Gerrit van den Houten
August 22 - George Herriman
, cartoonist (Krazy Kat) (d. 1944).
August 24 - John N. Stoutjesdyk / Stouten
August 31 - Queen Wilhelmina
of the Netherlands (d. 1962).
November 6 - Robert Musil
, Austrian novelist (The Man Without Qualities) (d. 1942).
June 27 - Helen Keller
, socialist, pacifist, spokeswoman for the deaf and blind (d. 1968).
September 6 - Annetje Hagedoorn
September 22 - Christabel Pankhurst
, suffragette (d. 1958).
October 9 - Johannis Jacob Robijn
December 2 - Jacobus Jacob Barbier
December 10 - Marinus van den Houten
December 12 - Dimmen Hoek
December 24 - Maria van den Houten
January 8 - Joshua A. Norton
, self-anointed Emperor Norton I of the United States
February 9 - Adriaantje van den Houten
May 4 - Edward Clark
, governor of Texas (b. 1815).
May 8 - Gustave Flaubert
May 14 - Jacobus Grootenboer
July 7 - Lydia Child
, novelist and abolitionist (b. 1802).
August 25 - Johannes Jacob den Engelsman
November 11 - Bushranger Ned Kelly
October 4 - Jacques Offenbach
, composer.To my Homepage