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1882 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1882
Ab urbe condita2635
Armenian calendar1331
Assyrian calendar6632
Bahá'í calendar38–39
Balinese saka calendar1803–1804
Bengali calendar1289
Berber calendar2832
British Regnal year45 Vict. 1 – 46 Vict. 1
Buddhist calendar2426
Burmese calendar1244
Byzantine calendar7390–7391
Chinese calendar辛巳(Metal Snake)
4578 or 4518
    — to —
壬午年 (Water Horse)
4579 or 4519
Coptic calendar1598–1599
Discordian calendar3048
Ethiopian calendar1874–1875
Hebrew calendar5642–5643
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1938–1939
 - Shaka Samvat1803–1804
 - Kali Yuga4982–4983
Holocene calendar11882
Igbo calendar882–883
Iranian calendar1260–1261
Islamic calendar1299–1300
Japanese calendarMeiji 15
Javanese calendar1811–1812
Julian calendarGregorian minus 12 days
Korean calendar4215
Minguo calendar30 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar414
Thai solar calendar2424–2425
Tibetan calendar阴金蛇年
(female Iron-Snake)
2008 or 1627 or 855
    — to —
(male Water-Horse)
2009 or 1628 or 856

1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar, the 1882nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 882nd year of the , the 82nd year of the , and the 3rd year of the decade. As of the start of 1882, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.

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  • January 2
    • The Standard Oil Trust is secretly created in the United States to control multiple corporations set up by John D. Rockefeller and his associates.[1]
    • Irish-born author Oscar Wilde arrives in the United States for an extended lecture tour; when asked by a customs official if he has anything to declare, he replies "I have nothing to declare but my genius"[2] according to later tradition.[3]
  • January 5Charles J. Guiteau is found guilty of the assassination of James A. Garfield (President of the United States), despite an insanity defense raised by his lawyer. He will be hanged on June 30.[4]
  • February 3 – American showman P. T. Barnum acquires the elephant Jumbo from London Zoo.
  • March 2Roderick McLean fails in an attempt to assassinate Queen Victoria at Windsor.
  • March 20 – British gunboats enter Monrovia, with Arthur Havelock demanding that Liberia cede disputed territory to the British colony of Sierra Leone of which he is Governor.
  • March 22Polygamy is made a felony by the Edmunds Act passed by the United States Congress.
  • March 24Robert Koch announces the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis).
  • March 28
    • Republican Jules Ferry makes primary education in France free, non-clerical (laique) and obligatory.
    • German medical products company Beiersdorf is founded.
  • March 29 – The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization, is founded in New Haven, Connecticut.



The "Elektromote", the world's first trolleybus,[5] in Berlin, Germany, 1882

  • April 3Old West outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back of the head and killed by Robert Ford.
  • April 29 – The "Elektromote", the world's first trolleybus started in Berlin.
  • May 1Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as known well for philharmonic orchestra group in Europe, which founded in Germany.[citation needed]
  • May 2Charles Stewart Parnell is released.
  • May 6Phoenix Park Murders in Ireland: Lord Frederick Cavendish, the newly appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, and Thomas Henry Burke, his Permanent Undersecretary, are fatally stabbed in Phoenix Park, Dublin, by members of the Irish National Invincibles (militant Irish republicans).
  • May 8 – The Chinese Exclusion Act is the first important law which restricts immigration into the U.S.A.
  • May 20 – The Triple Alliance is formed between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy.
  • June 6
    • A cyclone in the Arabian Sea causes flooding in Bombay harbor, leaving about 100,000 dead.
    • Battle of Embabo: The Shewan forces of Menelik II defeat the Gojjame army.
  • June 11 – The ‘Urabi Revolt breaks out in Egypt against Khedive Tewfik Pasha and European influence in that country.
  • June 28Anglo-French Convention of 1882 signed marking territorial boundaries between Guinea and Sierra Leone.
  • June 30 – U.S. presidential assassin Charles Guiteau is hanged.


  • July 1113Anglo-Egyptian War: The British Mediterranean Fleet carries out the Bombardment of Alexandria, its forces capturing the city of Alexandria in Egypt and securing the Suez Canal.
  • July 26
    • Boers establish the republic of Stellaland in southern Africa.
    • Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal debuts at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in Bavaria.
  • July 31 – The Hebrew Moshava of Rishon LeZion is founded.
  • August 3 – The U.S. Congress passes the 1882 Immigration Act.
  • August 5Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • August 18 – The Married Women's Property Act 1882 receives royal assent in Britain; it enables women to buy, own and sell property and to keep their own earnings.
  • August 20Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
  • September 4Thomas Edison flips the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in history, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan. This is considered by many as the day that began the electrical age.
  • September 5
    • The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.
    • Tottenham Hotspur F.C. is founded (as Hotspur F.C.)
  • September 13Anglo-Egyptian War: British troops occupy Cairo, and Egypt becomes a British protectorate.
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Photograph of the comet as seen from Cape Town by David Gill

  • September 18Great Comet of 1882: Her Majesty's Astronomer at the Cape, David Gill, reported watching the comet rise a few minutes before the Sun and described it as "The nucleus was then undoubtedly single, and certainly rather under than over 4″ in diameter; in fact, as I have described it, it resembled very much a star of the 1st magnitude seen by daylight."


  • October 5 – The Society for Ethical Culture of Chicago – (the modern-day Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago) is founded by Felix Adler.
  • October 14 – The University of the Punjab is founded in modern-day Pakistan.
  • October 16 – The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad ("Nickel Plate Road") runs its first trains over the entire system between Buffalo, New York, and Chicago. Nine days later the Seney Syndicate sells the road to William Henry Vanderbilt for US$7.2 million.
  • November 14Franklin Leslie shoots Billy Claiborne dead in the streets of Tombstone, Arizona.
  • November 16 – The British Royal Navy's HMS Flirt destroys Abari village in Niger.
  • December 6 – A transit of Venus, the last until 2004, occurs.
  • December – Zikhron Ya'akov is founded in northern Israel.

Date unknown[]

  • Nikola Tesla claims this was when he conceived the rotating magnetic field principle he later used to invent his induction motor.
  • First International Polar Year, an international scientific program, begins.
  • Ferdinand von Lindemann publishes his proof of the transcendentality of pi.
  • Zulu king Cetshwayo kaMpande returns to South Africa.
  • A peace treaty is signed between Paraguay and Uruguay.
  • Pogroms in Southern Russia end.
  • The British Chartered Institute of Patent Agents is founded (now called Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys).
  • Redruth Mining School opens in Cornwall.
  • The Personal Liberty League is established to oppose the temperance movement in the United States.
  • Carolyn Merrick is elected president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
  • St Andrew's Ambulance Association in Glasgow, Scotland, and St. John Ambulance in Canada are founded.
  • Édouard Manet exhibits his painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère at the Paris Salon.
  • Founding of:
    • Waterloo Rugby Club
    • Albion Rovers F.C. (through the amalgamation of two Coatbridge clubs, Albion and Rovers)
    • Queens Park Rangers F.C.
    • Burnley F.C.
    • Thames Ditton Lawn Tennis Club
    • Glentoran F.C.



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Virginia Woolf

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

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James Joyce


Emmy Noether

  • January 6
    • Fan S. Noli, Albanian poet and political figure (d. 1965)
    • Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1961)
  • January 12Milton Sills, American stage and film actor (d. 1930)
  • January 17
    • Arnold Rothstein, American gangster (d. 1928)
    • Noah Beery, American actor (d. 1946)
  • January 18A. A. Milne, British author (d. 1956)
  • January 20Johnny Torrio, Italian-born American gangster (d. 1957)
  • January 22Theodore Kosloff, Russian born actor (d. 1956)
  • January 25Virginia Woolf, English writer (d. 1941)
  • January 28
    • Mary Boland, American actress (d. 1965)
    • Gengo Hyakutake, Japanese admiral (d. 1976)
  • January 30Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (d. 1945)
  • January 31
    • Fritz Leiber (Sr.), American stage and screen actor (d. 1949)
    • J. Homer Tutt, American vaudeville producer and performer (d. 1951)
  • February 1Louis Stephen St. Laurent, 12th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1973)
  • February 2
    • James Joyce, Irish author (d. 1941)
    • Anne Bauchens, American film editor worked for 40 years with Cecil B. DeMille (d. 1967)
  • February 4E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet (d. 1964)
  • February 8Thomas Selfridge, United States Army officer and first person killed in airplane crash (d. 1908)
  • February 11Valli Valli, Broadway actress (d. 1927)
  • February 14George Jean Nathan, American literary critic (d. 1958)
  • February 14 or 15John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
  • February 22Eric Gill, British sculptor and writer (d. 1940)
  • February 26Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
  • February 28
    • Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (d. 1967)
    • Herbert Silberer, Austrian psychoanalyst (d. 1923)
  • March 6F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (d. 1980)
  • March 8Alfred A. Cunningham, American aviator, the first United States Marine Corps aviator (d. 1939)
  • March 14
    • Wacław Sierpiński, Polish mathematician (d. 1969)
    • Giuseppe Tellera, Italian general (d. 1941)
  • March 15James Lightbody, American middle distance runner (d. 1953)
  • March 18Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (d. 1973)
  • March 22John W. Wilcox, Jr., American admiral (d. 1942)
  • March 23Emmy Noether, German mathematician (d. 1935)
  • March 24George Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway, English politician, 5th Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1943)
  • March 26Hermann Obrecht, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1940)
  • March 30Melanie Klein, Viennese child psychoanalyst (d. 1960)


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Georges Braque

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Karl Valentin

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Igor Stravinsky

  • April 7Kurt von Schleicher, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1934)
  • April 17Artur Schnabel, Polish pianist (d. 1951)
  • April 18
    • Isabel J. Cox, wife of Canadian prime minister Arthur Meighen (d. 1985)
    • Leopold Stokowski, English conductor (d. 1977)
    • Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (d. 1948)
  • April 19Getúlio Vargas, president of Brazil (d. 1954)
  • April 20Holland Smith, American general (d. 1967)
  • April 21Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)
  • April 24Hugh Dowding, commander of the RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970)
  • April 29H.N. Werkman, Dutch artist and printer (d. 1945)
  • May 2James F. Byrnes, American politician and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 1972)
  • May 5Sylvia Pankhurst, suffragette (d. 1960)
  • May 6Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, heir-apparent of Emperor Wilhelm II (d. 1951)
  • May 9
    • Henry J. Kaiser, American industrialist (d. 1967)
    • George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • May 13Georges Braque, French painter (d. 1963)
  • May 19Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iranian prime minister (d. 1967)
  • May 20Sigrid Undset, Norwegian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)
  • May 25Marie Doro, American stage & silent film actress (d. 1956)
  • May 26Roderick McMahon, American professional boxing and wrestling promoter (d. 1954)
  • May 30Wyndham Halswelle, British runner (d. 1915)
  • June 4Karl Valentin, German actor (d. 1948)
  • June 9Robert Kerr, Canadian sprinter (d. 1963)
  • June 10Nevile Henderson, British diplomat (d. 1942)
  • June 15Ion Antonescu, Romanian prime minister and dictator (d. 1946)
  • June 17
  • June 22Nikolai Cholodny, Russian microbiologist (d. 1953)
  • June 28Valeska Suratt, stage actress & silent film star (d. 1962)


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Johannes Hans Geiger

  • July 1Bidhan Chandra Roy, Indian physician and politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 1962)
  • July 8Percy Grainger, Australian composer (d. 1962)
  • July 17James Somerville, British admiral (d. 1949)
  • July 22Edward Hopper, American painter (d. 1967)
  • July 24Lynn Thorndike, American historian of Medieval science and alchemy (d. 1965)
  • July 25George S. Rentz, United States Navy Chaplain and Navy Cross winner (d. 1942)
  • July 27Geoffrey de Havilland, British aviation pioneer and aircraft company founder (d. 1965)
  • August 11Rodolfo Graziani, Italian general (d. 1955)
  • August 14Gisela Richter, English art historian (d. 1972)
  • August 16Christian Mortensen, oldest verified male ever at the time of his death (d. 1998)
  • August 19MacGillivray Milne, United States Navy Captain and the 27th Governor of American Samoa (d. 1959)
  • August 22
    • Raymonde de Laroche, French aviator, the first woman to receive an aviator's license (d. 1919)
    • Madame de Meuron, famed Swiss noble lady and eccentric from Bern (d. 1980)
  • August 25Seán T. O'Kelly, second President of Ireland (d. 1966)
  • August 26James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
  • September 1Nicholas H. Heck, American geophysicist, oceanographer, and surveyor (d. 1953)
  • September 11William T. Bovie, American biophysicist and inventor (d. 1958)
  • September 13Ramón Grau, Cuban president (d. 1969)
  • September 16Robert Hichens, RMS Titanic quartermaster, man at the wheel when Titanic hit the iceberg (d. 1940)
  • September 12Ion Agârbiceanu, a Romanian writer, journalist, politician and priest
  • September 22Wilhelm Keitel, German field marshal (d. 1946)
  • September 30
    • George Bancroft, American film actor (d. 1956)
    • Hans Geiger, German physicist (d. 1945)


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Robert H. Goddard

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Max Born

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King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden

  • October 2Boris Shaposhnikov, Soviet military leader, Marshal of the Soviet Union (d. 1945)
  • October 3A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (d. 1974)
  • October 5Robert H. Goddard, American rocket scientist (d. 1945)
  • October 6Karol Szymanowski, Polish composer (d. 1937)
  • October 14
    • Éamon de Valera, Taoiseach and third President of Ireland (d. 1975)
    • Charlie Parker, English cricketer (d. 1959)
  • October 17Giulio Gavotti, Italian aviator (d. 1939)
  • October 20Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born actor (d. 1956)
  • October 24Sybil Thorndike, British stage & film actress (d. 1976)
  • October 25Florence Easton, English opera soprano (d. 1955)
  • October 30
    • William Halsey, Jr., American admiral (d. 1959)
    • Günther von Kluge, German field marshal (d. 1944)
  • November 8Ethel Clayton, silent screen star (d. 1966)
  • November 11 – King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (d. 1973)
  • November 15Felix Frankfurter, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 1965)
  • November 18Jacques Maritain, Catholic philosopher (d. 1973)
  • November 20Ethel May Halls, American theatrical and film actress (d. 1967)
  • November 22Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch, Pioneer dentist (d. 1944)
  • November 29Henri Fabre, inventor of the first seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion (d. 1984)
  • December 9
    • Percy C. Mather, English Protestant missionary (d. 1933)
    • Joaquín Turina, Spanish composer (d. 1949)
  • December 11
    • Subramania Bharati, Tamil Indian poet (d. 1921)
    • Max Born, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
  • December 12Ioannis Demestichas, Greek admiral (d. 1960)
  • December 16
    • Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967)
    • Jack Hobbs, English cricketer (d. 1963)
    • Walther Meissner, German technical physicist (d. 1974)
  • December 18Richard Maury, American naturalized Argentine engineer (d. 1950)
  • December 23Mokichi Okada, Japanese religious leader (d. 1955)
  • December 28Arthur Eddington, English astronomer, astrophysicist and mathematician (d. 1944)
  • December 29Raymond Stanton Patton, American admiral and engineer, second Director of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (d. 1937)
  • December 31Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)


  • T. Sathasiva Iyer, Ceylon Tamil scholar and a writer in Tamil language (d. 1958)



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Theodor Schwann

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Charles Darwin

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Giuseppe Garibaldi

  • January 7Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Polish pharmacist and inventor of the first method of distilling kerosene from seep oil, creator of the first oil lamp (b. 1822)
  • January 6Richard Henry Dana, Jr., founder of Dana Point, California (b. 1815)
  • January 11Theodor Schwann, German physiologist (b. 1810)
  • January 13Juraj Dobrila, Croatian bishop (b. 1812)
  • January 27Robert Christison, Scottish toxicologist and physician (b. 1797)
  • February 6J. J. McCarthy, Irish architect (b. 1817)
  • March 9Giovanni Lanza, Italian politician (b. 1810)
  • March 19Carl Robert Jakobson, Estonian writer, politician, and teacher (b. 1841)
  • March 23Gustavus H. Scott, American admiral (b. 1812)
  • March 24Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American author (b. 1807)
  • April 3Jesse James, American Western outlaw (b. 1847)
  • April 10Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet and painter (b. 1828)
  • April 11John Lenthall, American naval architect and shipbuilder (b. 1807)
  • April 12Henri Giffard, French balloonist and aviation pioneer (b. 1825)
  • April 17
    • George Jennings, English sanitary engineer (b. 1801)
    • Antonio Fontanesi, Italian painter (b. 1818)
  • April 19Charles Darwin, British naturalist (b. 1809)
  • April 25Johann Karl Friedrich Zöllner, German astrophysicist (b. 1834)
  • April 27Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher and writer (b. 1803)
  • May 5John Rodgers, American admiral (b. 1812)
  • June 2Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian patriot (b. 1807)
  • June 3Christian Wilberg, German painter (b. 1839)
  • June 25
    • François Jouffroy, French sculptor (b. 1806)
    • Mikhail Skobelev, Russian general (b. 1843)
  • June 30
    • Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman (b. 1827)
    • Charles J. Guiteau, American preacher, writer, lawyer, assassin of James A. Garfield (executed) (b. 1841)


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Friedrich Wöhler

  • July 4Joseph Brackett, American Shaker religious leader and composer (b. 1797)
  • July 7Mikhail Skobelev, Russian general (b. 1843)
  • July 16Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)
  • July 20Fanny Parnell, Irish poet and founder of the Ladies' Land League (b. 1848)
  • August 16Auguste-Alexandre Ducrot, French general (b. 1817)
  • August 25Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, Estonian writer and physician (b. 1803)
  • August 31Pedro Luiz Napoleão Chernoviz, Brazilian physician, writer and publisher (b. 1812)
  • September 8Joseph Liouville, French mathematician (b. 1809)
  • September 23Friedrich Wöhler, German chemist, (b. 1800)
  • September 16Edward Bouverie Pusey, British churchman (b. 1800)
  • September 30José Milla y Vidaurre, Guatemalan writer (b. 1822)
  • November 7Julius Hübner, German painter (b. 1806)
  • November 14Billy Claiborne, American gunfighter (b. 1860)
  • December 3Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1811)
  • December 6
    • Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)
    • Louis Blanc, French politician and historian (b. 1811)
    • Anthony Trollope, British novelist and postal service official (b. 1815)
  • December 18Henry James, Sr., American theologian (b. 1811)
  • December 21Francesco Hayez, Italian painter (b. 1791)
  • December 31Léon Gambetta, French statesman (b. 1838)

Date unknown[]

  • Eugénie Luce, French educator (b. 1804)[6]


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  2. Grothe, Mardy (2009). Viva la Repartee. HarperCollins. p. 34.
  3. Cooper, John. "Attribution of 'I have nothing to declare except my genius'". Oscar Wilde in America. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  4. Johnson, John W. (2001). Historic U.S. Court Cases. U.S.: Taylor & Francis. p. 54.
  5. Elektromote, Siemens History website on 14 August 2015
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