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1883 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1883
Ab urbe condita2636
Armenian calendar1332
Assyrian calendar6633
Bahá'í calendar39–40
Balinese saka calendar1804–1805
Bengali calendar1290
Berber calendar2833
British Regnal year46 Vict. 1 – 47 Vict. 1
Buddhist calendar2427
Burmese calendar1245
Byzantine calendar7391–7392
Chinese calendar壬午(Water Horse)
4579 or 4519
    — to —
癸未年 (Water Goat)
4580 or 4520
Coptic calendar1599–1600
Discordian calendar3049
Ethiopian calendar1875–1876
Hebrew calendar5643–5644
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1939–1940
 - Shaka Samvat1804–1805
 - Kali Yuga4983–4984
Holocene calendar11883
Igbo calendar883–884
Iranian calendar1261–1262
Islamic calendar1300–1301
Japanese calendarMeiji 16
Javanese calendar1812–1813
Julian calendarGregorian minus 12 days
Korean calendar4216
Minguo calendar29 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar415
Thai solar calendar2425–2426
Tibetan calendar阳水马年
(male Water-Horse)
2009 or 1628 or 856
    — to —
(female Water-Goat)
2010 or 1629 or 857

1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar, the 1883rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 883rd year of the , the 83rd year of the , and the 4th year of the decade. As of the start of 1883, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.

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February 16: Ladies Home Journal begins (photo 1906).


  • January 4Life magazine is founded in Los Angeles
  • January 10 – A fire at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee kills 73 people.
  • January 16 – The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States civil service, is passed.
  • January 19 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires begins service in Roselle, New Jersey; it was installed by Thomas Edison.
  • February – The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi is first published complete in book form in Italy.
  • February 13 – The German composer Richard Wagner dies of a heart attack in Venice, Italy.
  • February 16 – The Ladies' Home Journal is published for the first time.
  • February 23Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
  • February 28 – The first vaudeville theater is opened, in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • March 2 – The Hong Kong Observatory is formed.
  • March 14Karl Marx dies in London.
  • March 20Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.


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May 24: Brooklyn Bridge is opened.

  • April 5Oxygen is liquefied for the very first time.
  • April 28 – The first sevens tournament is played at Melrose RFC in Scotland.[1]
  • May 23Robert Louis Stevenson's children's pirate adventure novel Treasure Island is first published in book format, in London.
  • May 24Brooklyn Bridge is opened to traffic after 13 years of construction.
  • May 30 – In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse causes a stampede which crushes 12 people.
  • June 3 – Sheikh Maktoum al Butthi takes power in Dubai. The al-Maktoum family is ruling Dubai as an Emirate ever since.
  • June 13 – Count Arvid Posse leaves office as Prime Minister of Sweden. He is succeeded by Carl Johan Thyselius, the first non-aristocrat ( Swedish ; "ofrälse" ) to serve as Swedish head of government, and Prime Minister.
  • June 16Victoria Hall disaster: A rush for treats results in 183 children being asphyxiated in a concert hall in Sunderland, England.
  • June 28 – In Milan, Italy the first central European electricity power station is inaugurated.
  • June 30Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Black Arrow first appears as a serial in the British magazine Young Folks; A Boys' and Girls' Paper of Instructive and Entertaining Literature as by "Captain George North". Stevenson completes writing it at the end of the summer in France.


  • July 3 – The SS Daphne disaster in Glasgow leaves 124 dead.
  • July 4 – The world's first rodeo is held in Pecos, Texas.
  • July 22Zulu King Cetshwayo barely escapes a rebel attack with his life.
  • August
  • August 12 – The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
  • August 21An F5 tornado strikes Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic.
  • August 26August 27Krakatoa volcano erupts at 10:02 AM (local time); 163 villages are destroyed, 36,380 killed by tsunami.
  • August 29Dunfermline Carnegie Library, the first Carnegie library, is opened in Andrew Carnegie's hometown, Dunfermline, Scotland.
  • September 11 – Major Evelyn Baring becomes Consul-General of Egypt under British rule.
  • September 15
    • The Bombay Natural History Society is founded.
    • The University of Texas at Austin opens to students.
  • September 29 – A consortium of flour mill operators in Minneapolis forms the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie and Atlantic Railway as a means to get their product to the Great Lakes ports but avoid the high tariffs of Chicago.
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An 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.


  • October 1Sydney Boys High School (the first boys' public school) is founded in Sydney, Australia.
    • Amsterdam: The first International Colonial and Export Exhibition closes, having had over 1 million visitors.
  • October 4
    • The Boys' Brigade (the first uniformed youth organization in existence) is founded in Glasgow, Scotland.
    • The Orient Express train begins to run through from Paris Gare de l'Est to Giurgiu in Romania with onward ferry and train connections to Istanbul. The train has been running since June 5 as far as Vienna.
  • October 15 – The Supreme Court of the United States declares part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 to be unconstitutional, allowing individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race.
  • October 20Peru and Chile sign the Treaty of Ancón, by which the Tarapacá province is ceded to Chile, ending Peru's involvement in the War of the Pacific.
  • October 24Cardiff University, Wales, opens (under the name of University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire).
  • October 30 – Two Clan na Gael dynamite bombs explode in the London Underground, injuring several people. The next day, Home Secretary Vernon Harcourt drafts 300 policemen to guard the underground and introduces the Explosives Bill.
  • November 3American Old West: Self-described "Black Bart the Po-8" makes his last stagecoach robbery, but leaves a handkerchief with a laundry mark that eventually leads to his capture.
  • November 14 – Chile's National Library of Congress is founded.
  • November 18 – U.S. and Canadian railroads institute 5 standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.
  • November 28Whitman College is chartered as a 4-year college in Walla Walla, Washington.
  • December 5 – Five people are killed in the Bisbee Massacre, the robbery of a general store by bandits in Bisbee, Arizona.[2]

Date unknown[]

  • German bacteriologist Robert Koch discovers the cholera bacillus.
  • Antoni Gaudí begins to work on the Sagrada Família Cathedral in Barcelona (it will be consecrated in 2010).
  • Duncan, Arizona, is founded.
  • The suburb of Ingleburn, in Sydney, Australia, is established.
  • Construction of Speicherstadt as a free zone in the Port of Hamburg begins.
  • During construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883, blasting and excavation reveal high concentrations of nickelcopper ore at Murray Mine on the edge of the Sudbury Basin located near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
  • Otto von Bismarck pushes the first social security law through the Reichstag.
  • A depression starts in Seattle, United States.
  • The British Parliament considers a major bill to allow Indian judges to try Europeans in India. The British community rises in protest and defeats the measure.
  • The Mexican government passes a law allowing real estate companies (controlled by General Porfirio Díaz's political associates) to survey public and "vacant" lands and to retain one third of the land they survey.
  • Bernard Kroger establishes the first Kroger grocery store, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The first purebred Percheron (horse) stud book is created in France.
  • Founding of:
    • Houghton College
    • Wagner College
    • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
    • Raith Rovers F.C.
    • The Black Arabs F.C (now Bristol Rovers)
    • Dunstable Town F.C.




Aleksei Nikolaevich Tolstoi

  • January 1
    • Ichirō Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1959)
    • Alberto Gerchunoff, Argentine writer (d. 1949)
  • January 3Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1967)
  • January 4Johanna Westerdijk, Dutch plant pathologist (d. 1961)
  • January 5Döme Sztójay, prime minister of Hungary (d. 1946)
  • January 6Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese poet, painter, and novelist (d. 1931)
  • January 10
    • Florence Reed, American actress (d. 1967)
    • Hubert Latham, pioneer aviator of the pre-World War I era (d. 1912)
    • Francis X. Bushman, American actor (d. 1966)
    • Aleksei Nikolaevich Tolstoi, Russian writer (d. 1945)
  • January 16Hugh Oswald Short, British aviation pioneer and aircraft builder, youngest of the Short Brothers (d. 1969)
  • January 19 - Waite Phillips, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1964)
  • January 20
    • Enoch L. Johnson, American political boss and racketeer (d. 1968)
    • Bertram Ramsay, British admiral (d. 1945)
  • January 21Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet (d. 1929)
  • January 30Eddie Collins, American vaudeville-veteran comic (d. 1940)
  • February 8Joseph Alois Schumpeter, Austrian economist (d. 1950)
  • February 9Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot, German architect, interior designer and designer (d. 1960)
  • February 15Sax Rohmer, English author (d. 1959)
  • February 16Elizabeth Craig, British writer (d. 1980)
  • February 18Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer (d. 1957)
  • February 22
    • Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (d. 1940)
    • Abe Attell, American boxer (d. 1970)
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Karl Jaspers


  • March 3Cyril Burt, educational psychologist (d. 1971)
  • March 4
    • Julius Fromm, German businessman and inventor known for the Condom machine (d. 1945)
    • Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (d. 1956)
  • March 7Michael Somogyi, Hungarian-American biochemist and professor (d. 1971)
  • March 19
    • Walter Haworth, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)
    • Joseph Stilwell, American general (d. 1946)

Walter Gropius

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Douglas Fairbanks

  • April 1Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor (d. 1930)
  • April 5Walter Huston, Canadian-born American actor (d. 1950)
  • April 11Leonard Mudie, English actor (d. 1965)
  • April 12Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league player (d. 1959)
  • April 15Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
  • April 25Semyon Budyonny, Cossack cavalryman and Marshal of the Soviet Union (d. 1973)
  • April 27Hubert Harrison, African American writer, critic, and activist (d. 1927)
  • April 30Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer (d. 1923)


  • May 1Tom Moore, Irish-American actor (d. 1955)
  • May 5Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, British field marshal (d. 1950)
  • May 9José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (d. 1955)
  • May 10Eugen Leviné, Communist leader of the Munich Soviet Republic (d. 1919)
  • May 16Celâl Bayar, Turkish politician, statesman and the third President of Turkey (d. 1986)
  • May 18
    • Walter Gropius, German architect (d. 1969)
    • Hasui Kawase, Japanese painter and printmaker (d. 1957)
  • May 23
    • Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (d. 1939)
    • Ferenc Talányi, Slovene writer, partisan, and painter (d. 1959)
  • May 24Elsa Maxwell, American gossip columnist and international party giver (d. 1963)
  • May 25Lesley J. McNair, American general (d. 1944)
  • May 27Jessie Arms Botke, American artist (d. 1971)
  • May 28Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian pro-independence activist and Hindu nationalist (d. 1966)
  • May 31Lauri Kristian Relander, President of Finland (d. 1942)
  • June 5John Maynard Keynes, English economist (d. 1946)
  • June 7Sylvanus G. Morley, American scholar and World War I spy (d. 1948)
  • June 11Aubrey Fitch, American admiral (d. 1978)
  • June 18Mary Alden, American stage & screen actress (d. 1946)
  • June 20Royal E. Ingersoll, American admiral (d. 1976)
  • June 21Lluís Companys, President of Catalonia (d. 1940)

Victor Franz Hess

  • June 24Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
  • June 28Pierre Laval, Prime Minister of France (d. 1945)
  • June 29Lothrop Stoddard, American eugenicist and Radical scientific racist (d. 1950)



Franz Kafka

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Benito Mussolini

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Coco Chanel

  • July 1Arthur Borton, English soldier (d. 1933)
  • July 3Franz Kafka, Austrian writer (d. 1924)
  • July 4Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist (d. 1970)
  • July 7Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer (d. 1918)
  • July 10Johannes Blaskowitz, German general (d. 1948)
  • July 16Charles Sheeler, American photographer and artist (d. 1965)
  • July 19Max Fleischer, Austrian animator and film producer (Betty Boop) (d. 1972)
  • July 20Catherine Bramwell-Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army (d. 1987)
  • July 25Alfredo Casella, Italian composer (d. 1947)
  • July 26Edwin Balmer, American science fiction and mystery writer (d. 1959)
  • July 28Angela Hitler, Austrian elder half-sister of Adolf Hitler (d. 1949)
  • July 29
    • Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian writer (d. 1942)
    • Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy (d. 1945)
  • August 9Chester Gillette, American murderer (d. 1908 by execution)
  • August 12
    • Pauline Frederick, American stage and screen actress, (d. 1938)
    • Marion Lorne, American film, stage and television actress (d. 1968)
  • August 15Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, (d. 1962)
  • August 19
    • Coco Chanel, French stylist (d. 1971)
    • Elsie Ferguson, American actress (d. 1961)
    • Leonid Kulik, Russian mineralogist (Tunguska event) (d. 1942)
  • August 23
    • Jesse Pennington, English footballer (d. 1970)
    • Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American general (d. 1953)
  • August 30Theo van Doesburg, Dutch artist, painter, architect, and poet (d. 1931)


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Otto Heinrich Warburg

  • October 8Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
  • October 15Robert L. Ghormley, American admiral (d. 1958)
  • October 26Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (d. 1958)
  • October 30Bob Jones, Sr., American evangelist, pioneer religious broadcaster, and founder and first president of Bob Jones University (d. 1968)
  • October 31Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player (d. 1915)


  • November 3Chaturbhuj Sahay, Samrth Guru and Spiritual Reformer (d. 1957)
  • November 4Nikolaos Plastiras, Greek general and politician (d. 1953)
  • November 8Arnold Bax, English composer (d. 1953)
  • November 9Edna May Oliver, stage & film character actress (d. 1942)
  • November 11Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (d. 1969)
  • November 18Carl Vinson, U.S. Congressman (d. 1981)
  • November 25
    • Harvey Spencer Lewis, American occultist (b. 1939)
    • Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher and aviation promoter (d. 1968)
    • Percy Marmont, British stage & screen actor (d. 1977)
  • December 3Anton Webern, Austrian composer (d. 1945)
  • December 9Joseph Pilates, German physical culturist and developer of Pilates (d. 1967)
  • December 10Giovanni Messe, Italian field marshal and politician (d. 1968)
  • December 12
    • Cliff Sterrett, American cartoonist (d. 1964)
    • Max Moody, Sr., American businessman and founder of M. D. Moody & Sons, Inc. (d. 1949)
  • December 13Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer, and archivist (d. 1950)
  • December 14Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (d. 1969)
  • December 16
    • David Powell, Scottish-American stage and film actor (d. 1925)
    • Max Linder, French actor (d. 1925)
  • December 17Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)
  • December 22
    • Edgard Varèse, French composer (d. 1965)
    • Edna Goodrich, American actress (d. 1972)
  • December 25Hugo Bergmann, German and Israeli Jewish philosopher (d. 1975)
  • December 26Maurice Utrillo, French artist and illustrator (d. 1955)
  • December 28Lloyd Fredendall, American general (d. 1963)
  • December 29Forrest Taylor, American stage, film and television actor (d. 1965)
  • December 31Leo Otis Colbert, American admiral and engineer, third Director of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (d. 1968)

Date unknown[]

  • Lotte Herrlich, German photographer (d. 1956)
  • Z. D. Mangoaela, South African folklorist and writer (d. 1963)
  • Chen Xiefen, Chinese feminist and journalist (d. 1923)
  • probableT. F. O'Rahilly, Irish academic (d. 1953)




Richard Wagner

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Karl Marx

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Édouard Manet

  • January 8Miska Magyarics, Slovene poet in Hungary (b. 1825)
  • January 10
    • Samuel Mudd, American doctor to John Wilkes Booth (b. 1833)
    • Elling Eielsen, Norwegian Lutheran leader (b. 1804)
  • January 23Gustave Doré, French artist (b. 1832)
  • January 24Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (b. 1812)
  • February 13Richard Wagner, German composer (b. 1813)
  • February 15Prince Kachō Hiroatsu of Japan (b. 1875)
  • February 17
    • Napoléon Coste, French guitarist and composer (b. 1806)
    • Vasudev Balwant Phadke, Indian revolutionary (b. 1845)
  • March 4Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1812)
  • March 14Karl Marx, German communist philosopher (b. 1818)
  • March 20Charles Lasègue, French physician (b. 1816)
  • March 21Grigol Orbeliani, Georgian poet and soldier (b. 1804)
  • March 28Napoleon Bonaparte Buford, American general and railroad executive (b. 1807)
  • April 4Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (b. 1791)
  • April 15Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1823)
  • April 16Charles II, Duke of Parma (b. 1799)
  • April 26Napoleon Orda, Belarusian composer and artist (b. 1807)
  • April 30Édouard Manet, French painter (b. 1832)
  • May 24Keelikōlani, princess of Hawaii (b. 1826)
  • May 26Abdelkader El Djezairi, Algerian leader (b. 1808)
  • June 20John William Colenso, Bishop of Natal (b. 1814)
  • June 26Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)


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Carl Wilhelm Siemens

  • July 22Edward Ord, U.S. Army officer (b. 1818)
  • July 23Rose Massey, English actress (b. 1851?)
  • July 24Matthew Webb, First recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids. (b. 1848)
  • July 27Montgomery Blair, American politician (b. 1813)
  • July 28Carlo Pellion di Persano, Italian admiral and politician (b. 1806)
  • August 24Henri, Count of Chambord, pretender to the French throne (b. 1820)
  • September 3Ivan Turgenev, Russian writer (b. 1818)
  • September 10Otto Pius Hippius, Baltic German architect (b. 1826)
  • September 16Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., American actor and theatre manager (b. 1821)
  • October 5Joachim Barrande, French palaeontologist (b. 1799)
  • October 14Sir Arthur Elton, 7th Baronet, writer and Liberal Party politician (b. 1818)
  • October 22Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (b. 1818)
  • October 30
    • Dayananda Saraswati, Hindu religious leader (b. 1824)
    • Robert Volkmann, German composer (b. 1815)
  • November 19Carl Wilhelm Siemens, German engineer (b. 1823)
  • December 13Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (b. 1812)
  • December 27Andrew A. Humphreys, American general and civil engineer (b. 1810)

Dates unknown[]

  • Margaret Agnes Bunn, British actress, (b. 1799)


  1. "History of melrose sevens". Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  2. "Bisbee Massacre", in The Encyclopedia of Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunfighters, Leon Claire Metz, ed. (Infobase Publishing, 2002) p25



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