Historic American Sheet Music, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University

Timeline: 1880-1889

Songs | Politics & Government | International Affairs | Companies | Inventions, Discoveries & Patents | Humanities | Publications | Sports


Cradle's Empty, Baby's Gone
by Harry Kennedy (1880)
Guenthers' Lung Healer March
by William Guenther (1882)
Henry Irving Grand March
by Clifford Cox (1883)
General Grant's Funeral March
by Geo. Maywood (1885)
Hancock and English Union March
by L. M. French (1886)
June-bugs Dance
by Eduard Holst (1888)
Oh, Promise Me!
by Reginald De Koven (1889)
Politics & Government
President James Garfield assassinated (1881); Chester A. Arthur inaugurated President (1881)
Grover Cleveland inaugurated US President (1885)
Benjamin Harrison inaugurated US President (1889)
Oklahoma Territory lands opened to homesteaders (1889)
International Affairs
Tahiti is annexed by France (1880)
Czar Aleksandr II of Russia assassinated (1881)
DeBeers Mining Corporation (1880)
Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. (1880)
Marshall, Field & Co. (1881)
Westinghouse Electrical & Manufacturing Company (1885)
Johnson & Johnson Company (1885)
S. C. Johnson & Son (1886)
Sears, Roebuck Company (1886)
Parker Pen Company (1888)
McGraw-Hill Company (1888)
Inventions, Discoveries & Patents
Photographic Roll film (1881)
Internal combustion gasoline engine (1882)
Linotype typesetting machine patented (1884)
First gasoline-powered vehicle built by Karl-Friedrich Benz in Germany (1885)
Fingerprinting used as identification (1885)
Coca-Cola (1886)
First steel skeleton building (1888)
Kodak camera (1888)
American Association of the Red Cross founded by Clara Barton (1881)
Billy the Kid killed in New Mexico Territory (1881)
Shoot-out at the O.K. Corral (1881)
Brooklyn Bridge completed (1882)
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opens (1883)
First roller coaster opens at Coney Island (1884)
Haymarket Massacre in Chicago (1886)
Geronimo captured (1886)
Statue of Liberty dedicated Oct. 28, 1886
The Eiffel Tower completed in Paris (1889)
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881)
Life begins publication (1883)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
The Wall Street Journal begins publication (1889)
"Louisville Slugger" bat introduced (1884)
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