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|( 1880s: ) 1886|
The Haymarket affair in Chicago. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at the police as they attacked a strike meeting, and the bomb blast and friendly fire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers; seven anarchists were convicted to death for conspiracy, without having knowledge of the bomb. The affair might have involved agents provocateurs and other underhand tricks. The next day martial law was declared, not just in Chicago but throughout the nation.
- January 1 – Upper Burma is formally annexed to British Burma, following its conquest in the Third Anglo-Burmese War of November 1885.
- March 3 – The Treaty of Bucharest ends the Serbo-Bulgarian War in the Balkans.
- April 4 – William Ewart Gladstone introduces the First Irish Home Rule Bill in the Parliament of the United Kingdom; it is defeated on June 8.
- May 1 – A general strike begins in the United States, which escalates on May 4 into the Haymarket affair in Chicago, and eventually wins the eight-hour day for workers.
- June 12 – King Ludwig II of Bavaria is detained as part of a deposition, drowning the following day under mysterious circumstances. Six weeks later his unfinished Neuschwanstein Castle is opened to the public.
- July 25 – Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative Party (UK)) becomes Great Britain's 30th Prime Minister.
- September 4 – American Indian Wars: After almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo surrenders, with his last band of warriors, to General Nelson Miles, at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
- September 9 – The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is signed.
- September 21 – American physicist William Stanley, Jr. patents the first practical alternating current transformer device, the induction coil.
- October 7 – Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba.
- October 28 – In New York Harbor, U.S. President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France. The ensuing spontaneous celebration in New York City leads to the first ticker tape parade.
|Jewish Theological Seminary of America||Military ranks|
|The academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism in the United States|
|GEC||Weapons manfacturer||Historical British industrial conglomerate involved in consumer and defence electronics, communications, and engineering.|
|University of Deusto||Roman Catholicism|
Society of Jesus
|Spanish private university in the Basque country owned by the Society of Jesus.|
|Johnson & Johnson|
|University of Wyoming||Public||Dick Cheney's old alma mater|
|Title||Born||Place of birth||Died||Summary||Description|
|Oswald Allen Harker||1886||UK|
|Joe Masseria||17 January 1886||Italy|
|15 April 1931||Crime boss|
|Walter Liggett||14 February 1886||Minnesota||9 December 1935||Journalist|
|Assassinated American journalist|
|Hugo Black||27 February 1886||Alabama|
|25 September 1971||Politician|
|Valentine Vivian||17 March 1886||Kensington|
|15 April 1969||Spook|
|Preston Delano||2 April 1886||Phoenix Program|
|31 August 1961||Banker|
|Comptroller of the Currency 1938-53, to "charter, regulate, and supervise all national banks".|
|Randolph Bourne||30 May 1886||22 December 1918||Author|
|Robert Schuman||29 June 1886||Luxembourg|
|4 September 1963||Politician|
|Willem Drees||5 July 1886||14 May 1988||Politician||A beloved Dutch PM. Worked together with Intelligence agencies to set up Gladio-outfit Inlichtingen en Operatiën. Signed off on murdering Indonesians in the civil war. Tried to cover up troubles with faith healers and a "hand layer" in the Dutch royal family. Left his socialist Dutch labour party because of their "refusal" to move with neoliberal ways Joop den Uyl opted.|
|Salvatore Maranzano||31 July 1886||Italy|
Castellammare del Golfo
|10 September 1931||Crime boss|
|Everette Lee DeGolyer||9 October 1886||Kansas|
|14 December 1956||Oilman|
|David Ben-Gurion||16 October 1886||Płońsk|
|1 December 1973|
|Juliet Poyntz||25 November 1886||Omaha|