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1886 in the United States

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1886 in the United States

Events from the year 1886 in the United States.

Contents

Federal Government

  • President: Grover Cleveland (D-New York)
  • Vice President: vacant
  • Chief Justice: Morrison Waite (Ohio)
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives: John G. Carlisle (D-Kentucky)
  • Congress: 49th
  • Events

  • February 14 – The first train load of oranges leaves Los Angeles via the transcontinental railroad.
  • March – Anti-Chinese sentiments result in riots in Seattle, USA.
  • March 17 – Carrollton Massacre: 20 African Americans are killed in Mississippi.
  • May 1 – A general strike begins in the United States, which escalates into the Haymarket Riot and eventually wins the eight-hour workday in the U.S.
  • May 8 – Pharmacist Dr. John Stith Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would be named Coca-Cola.
  • May 17 – Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that corporations have the same rights as living persons.
  • May 29 – Pharmacist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola (advertisement in the Atlanta Journal).
  • June 2 – U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion. She is 27 years his junior.
  • June 9 – The centennial of the Stoughton Musical Society is celebrated.
  • July 23 – Steve Brodie fakes a jump from the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • August 20 – A massive hurricane demolishes the town of Indianola, Texas.
  • August 31 – The 7.0 Mw Charleston earthquake affects southeastern South Carolina with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Sixty people were killed and damage is estimated at $5–6 million.
  • September 4 – Indian Wars: After almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo surrenders with his last band of warriors to General Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
  • October 28 – In New York Harbor, U.S. President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
  • Undated – Father Augustine Tolton, the first Roman Catholic priest from the United States to proclaim himself African American, is ordained in Rome.
  • Ongoing

  • Gilded Age (1869–c. 1896)
  • Births

  • January 11 – Chester Conklin, comic film actor (died 1971)
  • February 27 – Hugo Black, U.S. Senator from Alabama from 1927 to 1937 and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1937 to 1971 (died 1971)
  • March 8 – Edward Calvin Kendall, biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1950 (died 1972)
  • March 9 – Robert L. Eichelberger, general (died 1961)
  • April 3 – Dooley Wilson, African American drummer, singer and actor (died 1953)
  • c. April 26 – Ma Rainey, born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett, African American blues singer (died 1939)
  • May 26 – Al Jolson, entertainer (died 1950)
  • June 6 – Tyler Brooke, actor and singer (died 1943)
  • October 30 – Zoë Akins, dramatist (died 1958)
  • November 9 – Ed Wynn, actor (died 1966)
  • December 5 – Rose Wilder Lane, journalist and libertarian (died 1968)
  • December 9 – Clarence Birdseye, founder of the modern frozen food industry (died 1956)
  • December 18 – Ty Cobb, baseball outfielder (died 1961)
  • December 19 – Charles M. Cooke, Jr., admiral (died 1970)
  • December 25 – Kid Ory, jazz trombonist and bandleader (died 1973)
  • Deaths

  • January 13 – Thomas Wakeman, founded the first Sioux Indian YMCA (born 1846)
  • January 22 – James T. Farley, U.S. Senator from California from 1879 to 1885. (born 1829)
  • January 26 – David Rice Atchison, U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1844 to 1855 (born 1807)
  • February 12 – Horatio Seymour, 18th Governor of New York, Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in the presidential election of 1868 (born 1810)
  • March 8 – John Franklin Miller, U.S. Senator from California from 1881 to 1886 (born 1831)
  • March 9 – Jerome B. Chaffee, U.S. Senator from Colorado from 1876 to 1879 (born 1825)
  • March 13 – Austin Flint, co-founder of Buffalo Medical College and president of the American Medical Association (born 1812)
  • April 27 – H. H. Richardson, architect (born 1838)
  • May 15 – Emily Dickinson, poet (born 1830)
  • May 21 – Stephen Pearl Andrews, anarchist and proponent of pantarchy (born 1812)
  • June 26 – David Davis, U.S. Senator from Illinois from 1877 to 1883 (born 1815)
  • August 4 – Samuel J. Tilden, 25th Governor of New York from 1875 to 1876 and 1876 Democratic presidential candidate (born 1814)
  • August 10 – John W. Stevenson, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1871 to 1877 (born 1812)
  • October 10 – David Levy Yulee, U.S. Senator from Florida from 1845 to 1851 and from 1855 to 1861 (born 1810)
  • November 18 – Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States from 1881 to 1885, 20th Vice President of the United States from March to September 1881 (born 1829)
  • December 26 – John A. Logan, U.S. Senator from Illinois from 1871 to 1877 (born 1826)
  • References

    1886 in the United States Wikipedia


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