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1887 in the United States

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1887 in the United States

Events from the year 1887 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 (until March 4), 50th (starting March 4)
  • Events

  • January 20 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
  • January 28 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the largest snowflakes on record are reported. They are 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.
  • February 2 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • February 4 – The Interstate Commerce Act, passed by Congress, is signed into law, with the intention of regulating the railroad industry.
  • February – The Atlanta Cyclorama is first displayed in Detroit as "Logan's Great Battle".
  • March 3 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching Helen Keller.
  • March 7 – North Carolina State University is established as North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.
  • March 19 – Cogswell College is established as a high school by Dr. Henry D. Cogswell in San Francisco, the first technical training institution in the West (the school opens in 1888).
  • April 4 – Argonia, Kansas elects Susanna M. Salter as the first female mayor in the U.S.
  • May 14 – The cornerstone of the new Stanford University, in northern California, is laid (the college opens in 1891).
  • June 28 – Minot, North Dakota is incorporated as a city.
  • August – The U.S. National Institutes of Health is founded at the Marine Hospital, Staten Island, New York, as the Laboratory of Hygiene.
  • Undated

  • Teachers College, later part of Columbia University, is founded by Grace Hoadley Dodge as the New York School for the Training of Teachers; Nicholas Murray Butler is its first president.
  • Ongoing

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

  • January 22 – David W. Stewart, U.S. Senator from Iowa from 1926 to 1927 (died 1974)
  • February 6 – Ernest Gruening, U.S. Senator from Alaska from 1959 to 1969 (died 1974)
  • April 9 – Florence Price, African American classical composer (died 1953)
  • September 8 – Jacob L. Devers, U.S. Army general (died 1979)
  • November 15 – Georgia O'Keeffe, painter (died 1986)
  • December 19 – George R. Swift, U.S. Senator from Alabama in 1946 (died 1972)
  • Deaths

  • March 8 – Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman and reformer (born 1813)
  • March 26 – Walt Whitman, poet, essayist and journalist (born 1819)
  • May 19 – Charles E. Stuart, U.S. Senator from Michigan from 1853 to 1859 (born 1810)
  • June 4 – William A. Wheeler, 19th Vice President of the United States from 1877 to 1881 (born 1819)
  • June 25 – James Speed, U.S. Attorney General from 1864 to 1866 under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson (born 1812)
  • July 18 – Robert M. T. Hunter, Virginian lawyer, politician, 14th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, 2nd Confederate States Secretary of State (born 1809)
  • August 14 – Aaron A. Sargent, U.S. Senator from California from 1873 to 1879 (born 1827)
  • November 8 – Doc Holliday, gunfighter and gambler (born 1851)
  • References

    1887 in the United States Wikipedia


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