January 16 - The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States
Civil service, is passed.
January 19 - The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires begins service
(Roselle, New Jersey) It was built by Thomas Edison.
February 16 - Ladies Home Journal is published for the first time.
February 23 - Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
February 28 - The first vaudeville theater is opened, in Boston, Massachusetts.
May 24 - Brooklyn Bridge is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
May 30 - In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse
causes a stampede which crushes twelve people.
August 12 - The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
August 26 - Krakatau volcano eruption.
September 15 - The Bombay Natural History Society is founded.
Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch (German bacteriologist) discovers the cholera bacillus.
October 1 - Sydney Boys High School is founded in Sydney, Australia. It is the first
boys public school in Australia.
October 15 - The Supreme Court of the United States declares part of the Civil Rights
Act of 1875 to be unconstitutional since it allowed individuals and corporations to
discriminate based on race.
November 3 - American Old West: Self-described "Black Bart the Po-8" gets away
with his last stagecoach robbery, but leaves an incriminating clue that eventually
leads to his capture.
November 18 - US and Canadian railroads institute four standard continental time
zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
November 28 - Whitman College is chartered as a four-year college in Walla
January 3 - Clement Attlee
, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1967).
January 6 - Khalil Gibran
, poet, painter, novelist (d. 1931).
January 8 - Johannes Martinus Josephus Jochems
January 10 - Francis X. Bushman
, actor (d. 1966).
January 10 - Aleksei Tolstoy
, writer (d. 1945).
January 15 - Jacoba / Jakoba van den Houten
January 17 - Catharina Jacoba Klijn
January 26 - Gijsbert van den Houten
February 15 - Sax Rohmer
, author (d. 1959).
February 7 - Eubie Blake
, musician, composer (d. 1983).
February 11 - Paul August von Klenau Danish
February 23 - Karl Jaspers
, philosopher (d. 1969).
February 23 - Victor Fleming
, director (d. 1949).
March 12 - Johanna van Houten
March 19 - Joseph Stilwell
, US soldier (d. 1946).
April 1 - Lon Chaney
, actor (d. 1930).
April 11 - Hozumi Shigeto
, Japanese author.
April 15 - Stanley Bruce
, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967).
April 22 - Geertruida Johanna Bolkenbaas
May 18 - Walter Gropius
, architect, founder of Bauhaus (d. 1969).
May 20 - King Faisal I
of Iraq (d. 1933).
May 23 - Douglas Fairbanks
, Sr., actor, cofounder of United Artists (d. 1939).
June 22 - Dina Jacoba Barbier
June 24 - Victor Franz Hess
, US physicist.
July 4 - Rube Goldberg
, cartoonist (d. 1970).
July 29 - Benito Mussolini
, fascist dictator of Italy.
August 4 - Antoon van den Houten
August 7 - Huibregt Heijt
August 17 - Jannetje Soeteman
August 21 - Willem van den Houten
August 23 - US General Jonathan Wainwright
, Medal of Honor recipient.
August 26 - Janna Hack
September 17 - Cornelia Christina Volker
September 29 - Pieternella Geertruida bij de Vaate
October 17 - Johannes van As
November 8 - Arnold Bax
November 11 - Lena den Engelsman
November 15 - Kors van den Houten
November 18 - Carl Vinson
, United States Congressman (d. 1981).
November 25 - Harvey Spencer Lewis
, F.R.C., Rosicrucian mysticist and
Imperator of AMORC (d. 1939).
November 27 - Krina Johanna Bakker
December 3 - Anton Webern
, Austrian composer.
December 25 - Maurice Utrillo
, a "Montmartre" artist.Ubel (Edward) van Houten
, Argentine writer.Deaths
January 10 - Samuel Mudd
, formerly doctor to John Wilkes Booth.
January 23 - Gustave Doré
, French artist.
February 13 - Richard Wagner
, German composer.
March 14 - Karl Marx
, German philosopher.
April 11 - Pieter van Wezemaal
April 30 - Edouard Manet
May 13 - Cornelis van den Houten
May 24 - Abdel Kadir
, Algerian leader.
May 26 - Edward Sabine
May 29 - Pieternella Tona Verton
July 22 - Edward Ord
, US army officer.
October 30 - Robert Volkmann
, composer.To my Homepage