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January 3, 1888
The Lick Observatory in California uses the 91-centimeter telescope for the first time ever.
January 13, 1888
The formation of Washington D.C.'s National Geographic Society takes place.
March 8, 1888
The establishment of the Agriculture College of Utah takes place in Logan, Utah.
March 11, 1888
The eastern seaboard of the United States get hits by the Great Blizzard of 1888.
March 15, 1888
An expedition of the British military to expel the Tibetans from northern Sikkim begins, known as the Sikkim Expedition.
March 16, 1888
The new National Library of Greece lays it's foundation stone in Athens.
March 23, 1888
William McGregor calls a meeting to discuss establishing The Football League in London.
April 11, 1888
The inauguration of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw takes place.
April 21, 1888
The completion and opening of the Texas State Capitol building takes place in Austin, after costing a total of 3 million dollars.
May 1, 1888
The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is established by the United States Congress.
May 13, 1888
The last remnants of slavery in Brazil is abolished by the Lei Áurea.
The London matchgirls strike of 1888 is organized by Annie Besant.
June 3, 1888
The establishment of the Kingdom of Sedang takes place in modern-day Vietnam.
June 29, 1888
The first known recording of classical music takes place at The Crystal Palace as Handel's Israel in Egypt is recorded onto wax cylinder.
June 30, 1888
The opening of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom's laboratory takes place on Plymouth Hoe.
July 27, 1888
An act permitting bicycles on the road is passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom
August 5, 1888
The first "long-distance" drive is completed by Bertha Benz, wife of car engineer Karl Benz, driving 40 miles from Mannheim to Pforzheim in a car manufactured by her husband
August 31, 1888
The body of Mary Ann Nichols, a prostitute considered to be the first victim of Jack the Ripper, is found mutilated in London in what becomes known as the Whitechapel murders.
September 4, 1888
A patent for a camera using roll film is granted to George Eastman and he registers the trademark Kodak.
October 1, 1888
The first university in liberated Bulgaria is opened as Sofia University.
October 9, 1888
The opening of Washington D.C.'s Washington Monument takes place.
October 14, 1888
The first motion picture, the Roundhay Garden Scene, is filmed by Louis Le Prince in West Yorkshire, England.
November 9, 1888
The body of Mary Jane Kelly, a prostitute considered to be the fifth and final victim of Jack the Ripper, is found mutilated in London in what becomes known as the Whitechapel murders.