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    1885 ( MDCCCLXXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar, the 1885th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 885th year of the 2nd millennium, the 85th year of the 19th century, and the 6th year of the 1880s decade.

  2. 1885 - Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 1885 This article may have too many red links. You can help Wikipedia by writing articles to help lower the number of red links. Events [ change | change source] Benz builds the first single-cylinder engine for car. John K Starley creates the first genuine bicycle, the Rover.

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  4. 26 March – First legal cremation in England: Mrs Jeanette Pickersgill of London, "well known in literary and scientific circles", [4] is cremated by the Cremation Society at Woking Crematorium in Surrey. 31 March – The United Kingdom establishes a protectorate over Bechuanaland. 29 April – Women are permitted to take the University of ...

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    Federal Government

    1. President: Chester A. Arthur (R-New York) (until March 4), Grover Cleveland (D-New York) (starting March 4) 2. Vice President: 2.1. until March 4: vacant 2.2. March 4–November 25: Thomas A. Hendricks (D-Indiana) 2.3. starting November 25: vacant 3. Chief Justice: Morrison Waite (Ohio) 4. Speaker of the House of Representatives: John G. Carlisle (D-Kentucky) 5. Congress: 48th (until March 4), 49th(starting March 4)

    January–March

    1. February 9 – The first Japanese arrive in Hawaii. 2. February 16 – Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The index stands at a level of 62.76, and represents the dollar average of 14 stocks: 12 railroads and two leading American industries. 3. February 18 – Mark Twain publishes Adventures of Huckleberry Finnin the United States. 4. February 21 – United States President Chester A. Arthur dedicates the Washington Monument. 5. March 3 – A subsidiary of t...

    April–June

    1. April 30 1.1. A bill is signed in the New York State legislature forming the Niagara Falls State Park. 1.2. Boston Pops Orchestrais formed. 2. May – The Depression of 1882–85ends. 3. June 17 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

    July–September

    1. July 11 – San Diego Building and Loan Association founded, predecessor of Great American Bank. 2. July 14 – Sarah E. Goode is the first female African-American to apply for and receive a patent, for the invention of the hideaway bed. 3. July 23 – Former President and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant dies in Mount McGregor, New York. 4. August 25 – Author Laura Ingalls Wilder marries Almanzo Wilder. 5. September 2 – The Rock Springs massacre occurs in Rock Springs, Wyoming; 150 white mine...

    August 29 – John L. Sullivan becomes First World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
    September 30 – The Chicago White Stockings clinch their Third National League pennant with a 2–1 win over the New York Giants.
    January 7 – Edwin Swatek, swimmer and water polo player (died 1966)
    January 11 – Alice Paul, suffragist (died 1977)
    January 15 – Grover Lowdermilk, baseball player (died 1968)
    January 27
    January 13 – Schuyler Colfax, 17th Vice President of the United States from 1869 to 1873 (born 1823)
    January 24 – Martin Delany, African American abolitionist, journalist and physician (born 1812)
    February 12 – Alexandre Mouton, U.S. Senator from Louisiana from 1843 to 1846 (born 1804)
    March 17 – Susan Warner (pseudonym Elizabeth Weatherell), religious and children's writer (born 1819)
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    January 1 – The Dictionary of National Biography begins publication in London under the editorship of Leslie Stephen.
    February 18 – Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published in the United States for the first time, in New York by the author's own publishing house, Charles L. Webster, illustrated by...
    March 7 – José Echegaray's play La vida alegre y muerte tristeopens in Spain.
    March 19 – Bolesław Prus's first major naturalistic novel, The Outpost (Placówka), begins serialization in the Polish illustrated weekly, Wędrowiec.

    Fiction

    1. Leopoldo Alas (Clarín) – La regenta, vol. 2 2. Richard Francis Burton – The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night: A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments 3. Hall Caine 3.1. She's All the World to Me 3.2. The Shadow of a Crime 4. Mrs. W. K. Clifford – Mrs. Keith's Crime 5. Antonio Fogazzaro – Daniele Cortis 6. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. – A Mortal Antipathy 7. William Dean Howells – The Rise of Silas Lapham 8. Richard Jefferies – After London 9. Jerome K. Jero...

    Children and young people

    1. Lewis Carroll – A Tangled Tale 2. H. Rider Haggard – King Solomon's Mines 3. Robert Louis Stevenson 3.1. A Child's Garden of Verses (originally Penny Whistles) 3.2. Prince Otto 4. Mark Twain – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(U.S. publication)

    Drama

    1. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson – Geografi og Kærlighed 2. Arthur Wing Pinero – The Magistrate

    January 16 – Zhou Zuoren (周作人), Chinese vernacular writer (died 1967)
    February 7 – Sinclair Lewis, American novelist (died 1951)
    February 21 – Sacha Guitry, French dramatist and screenwriter (died 1957)
    February 24 – Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish painter, playwright and novelist (died 1939)
    January 10 – Amable Tastu, French women of letters and poet (born 1795)
    February 14 – Jules Vallés, French writer (born 1832)
    March 17 – Susan Warner (pseudonym Elizabeth Weatherell), American religious and children's writer (born 1819)
    April 8 – Susanna Moodie, English-born Canadian author (born 1803)
  5. Philosophy Science +... The year 1885 in science and technology involved some significant events, listed below. Contents 1 Astronomy 2 Biology 3 Chemistry 4 Earth sciences 5 Medicine 6 Meteorology 7 Physics 8 Psychology 9 Technology 10 Institutions 11 Awards 12 Births 13 Deaths 14 References Astronomy [ edit]

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