1885 1886 1887


  • Britain acquires Socotra as an imperial possession.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson writes "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Kidnapped".
  • Moxie, Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and Hires Root Beer first sold in bottles.
  • Slavery abolished in Cuba. In the Americas, slavery is now legal only in Brazil.
  • Gold discovered in Witwatersrand, South Africa.
  • Kweichow Mining and Iron Works established by the governor of Kweichow/Guichou.


  • May 4: Haymarket Riot in Chicago.
  • July 6: Mary Holly is born in New York.
  • July 24: Irish born Eliza Lynch, the widow of Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano López, dies in London.
  • September 4: Pursued by 5000 U.S. Army soldiers (one-fourth of the total U.S. Army) and 500 scouts, Geronimo surrenders. However the U.S. government violates the surrender agreement by transporting Geronimo and nearly 450 Apache men, women, and children to Florida for confinement in Forts Marion and Pickens.
  • November 11: Albert Parsons, August Spies, Adolph Fischer, and George Engel are hanged for their parts in the Haymarket Riot.

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