Railway electrification system
Crudely invented by Edison in 1880, it involves the movement of trains via electricity and not an on-site fuel supply.
The Snow Winter
Winter of 1880-1881, most severe ever known in the United States. Primarily affected the area of Chicago into Dakota, numerous townspeople died of starvation as the trains couldn’t travel.
United States presidential election, 1880
Republican James A. Garfield easily defeated Democrat Winfield S. Scott in the electoral vote, though the popular vote margin was very thin. A main issue was the Republican support of strong tariffs while the Democrats favored relaxed tariffs. Both parties supported civil service reform, and restricting Chinese immigration. 3% of voters selected the Greenback Party, which advocated government regulation of the economy.
Invented in 1880 by James Ritty, the first of these were very primitive, but symbolic of the gradual turn of American small business.
An famous and popular Vaudeville actress, known for her beauty, she would later advocate for women’s suffrage.
Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight
1881- A famous incident of gang violence in El Paso.
The nurse who founded the American Red Cross in 1881.
A ship used in a failed 1881 mission to find the North Pole.
Charles J. Guiteau
Lawyer who shot and killed President Garfield in 1881.
An historically black university lead by Booker T. Washington, opened in 1881.
The Old West lawman who killed Billy the Kid in 1881.
An 1881 fire in the Thumb of Michigan so powerful soot covered the sky in the Northeast.
America’s first successful humor and satire magazine, published initially in 1771.
A Deputy U.S. Marshall who failed to civilize the city of Tombstone, being maimed by gang runners.
Standard Oil Trust
Created by Rockefeller in 1882, it was controversial as being the first large, multinational corporation. It would become victim of McKinley and Roosevelt’s trust-busting policy. ExxonMobil currently retains a large share of the original company, however.
An influential Irish writer and poet who toured the United States and published “The Picture of Dorian Gray” before being arrested for engaging in sex with other men.
The 1882 Congressional Act which said bigamy is a felony was aimed at Utah, and caused a profound governmental reformation in that state.
Knights of Columbus
World’s largest Catholic fraternal service founded in America in 1882.
The infamous outlaw who assassinated his own leader Jesse James in 1882.
Page Act of 1875
A law which forbade any Asian women from immigrating who were planning to work as prostitutes. This law was construed to exclude a great deal of Asian women leading to a disparity of gender in California.